Spring Vendor FAQ

 When are vendor applications due?

Early Bird Deadline is December 31, 2018. You will be notified of acceptance, denial or deferment by February 1, 2019. Deferred applicants will be notified of acceptance or denial decision by March 1, 2019.

Deadline for applications submitted after December 31, 2018 is 5:00 p.m. on February 7, 2019. You will be notified of acceptance or denial decision by March 1, 2019.

I missed the deadline. Can I still apply? No applications will be accepted after the deadline. You may, however, apply to be a vendor of the Fall festival or the Spring festival for the next year.

How will I be notified if I am accepted? You will be notified via the email you provided when you applied.  

When am I notified of when I am accepted? All vendors will be notified no later than March 1, 2019.

When are vendor hours? Non-food vendors should expect to be open to the public on Saturday, noon - 6 p.m. and Sunday, noon - 6 p.m. Food vendors will be at the festival during official event hours Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

When can I apply? Applications for Spring are posted every November.

Is there an application fee?

Yes, there is a $25 non refundable processing fee. This fee cannot be used toward your booth fee if you are accepted.

Do you already have a ________ vendor?

No! We only begin accepting vendors AFTER the deadline has passed. No previous vendors are guaranteed a spot and everyone is judged on the application that goes before the vendor selection committee during the current year.

Can I choose my location?

Put simply, no. However, our vendor committee considers any information you put on your application concerning location.

Can I have electricity?

Yes, you can have electricity for an additional fee. You MUST indicate this on your application and include the fee with your booth payment. Electricity cannot be purchased at check-in.

The photos I would like to submit are larger than 1MB. How can I make them smaller?

We recommend resizing your photos. CLICK HERE for a website to use to resize your photos.

Can I bring a generator?

Generators are not allowed at this event under any circumstances.

What will I be judged on?

You will be judged on everything you include with your application. Make sure your information (price points, product descriptions, electrical requirements, etc) and photos are accurate and detailed. Anything not on your application will not be considered. Your application will be the only thing that goes before the vendor selection committee.

What does my fee include?

Your fee includes a 10’x10’ space (or larger for food vendors) during the festival. It is up to you to bring your own tent, table, and any other set up materials for your space. Electricity and/or additional space is an additional cost and must be specified on your application.

I want a spot to advertise my business. Should I apply?

Vendor space is intended to sell items on-site for patrons to purchase. Businesses that desire space for advertising and promotion would qualify as a sponsor for the event. Visit our sponsor page HERE for more information about joining the festival as a sponsor.

I sell Scentsy, LuLaRoe or another catalog, independent, or home-based consultant sales product. Do I qualify as a commercial vendor?

No. We do not accept catalog, independent, or home-based consultant sales such as Scentsy, LuLaRoe, Avon, Pampered Chef, etc.

My items are not hand-crafted/my items were made by somebody else. Do I qualify as an arts & crafts vendor?

Items that are not hand made are considered commercial vendors. Apply accordingly by selecting commercial vendor in your application.

What exactly is a prepackaged food vendor?

Prepackaged food items are prepared off-site and packaged to sell on-site to consumers/festival goers.

I am with a winery and would like to be a vendor. Which category do I fit into?

Wine vendors should apply as a commercial vendor.

I sell sauces and/or seasonings. Which category do I fit in?

Sauces and seasonings are considered prepackaged food and should apply as such.

Do I have to have a NC Sales & Tax ID?

Yes, all vendors must have an NC Department of Revenue Sales & Use Tax ID Number, regardless of what state you are coming from. In order to obtain a Certificate of Registration, a person must complete form NC-BR Business Registration Application, available through online registration from the Department’s website. CLICK HERE to apply for a NC Sales & Tax ID number.

What is the expected attendance?

Our spring festival typically brings in 250,000+ attendees over the three-day weekend.

I am traveling to the Dogwood Festival. Where should I stay?

Please visit our hotel accommodations page for information about our recommended hotels. CLICK HERE for more information.

I’m a food vendor. Am I required to pay a deposit?

Yes, all food vendors are required to pay a refundable deposit for keeping your space clean and attending to your trash properly. Food vendor deposits are fully refundable when you have been cleared of your responsibility of properly disposing of waste.


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