WILKESBORO — MerleFest, presented by Window World and slated for April 28-May 1, 2016, will begin soliciting applications on Oct. 1 from vendors and artisans interested in participating in the 2016 festival.
“MerleFest prides itself on presenting vendors and artisans offering unique goods and items you don’t see every day,” said Melissa Stanley, events logistics specialist for MerleFest. “In fact, our guests are curious each year to see what vendors are here and what treasures they might find. The distinctive items available in The Shoppes are things that you can’t find in most retail establishments. Our challenge is to keep the surprises coming for our MerleFest shoppers.”
MerleFest will accept applications from vendors and retail merchants for The Shoppes at MerleFest and from demonstrating artisans and crafts persons for the Heritage Crafts tent.
Anyone interested in participating in The Shoppes at MerleFest or the Heritage Crafts area should visit www.MerleFest.org/vendors/ to review the rules and guidelines for vendors and to download an application. This website offers all information pertinent to vendor participation. MerleFest will accept applications through Jan. 31, 2016. A selection committee reviews all applications and makes the selections. Acceptance letters will be mailed to selected vendors in February 2016. All vendors will be required to pay their tent fee prior to the festival or MerleFest will cancel the application and offer the tent location to a wait-listed vendor.
All of The Shoppes are set up on pavement. Located immediately through the Entrance Gate, most of the paying public must walk through The Shoppes to get to the main stage and walk back through The Shoppes when exiting. This greatly increases the foot traffic that vendors have visiting their booths.
“MerleFest always aims to provide a unique shopping experience by inviting vendors with diverse product selection. I strongly encourage anyone with distinctive, unusual or highly sought after merchandise to consider participating in MerleFest 2016,” said Stanley. “This year marks our 29th year and is sure to deliver the MerleFest music, moments and memories that we’ve all come to love.”
Tickets for MerleFest 2016 go on sale Nov. 10 and may be purchased at www.MerleFest.org or by calling 1-800-343-7857. A three-tiered pricing structure will be offered for MerleFest 2016. An Early Bird Tier 1 ticket discount is available starting Nov. 10 through Feb. 15, 2016. An Early Bird Tier 2 ticket discount will run from Feb. 16, 2016, through April 27, 2016. The third price tier will be gate pricing. Fans are encouraged to take advantage of the extended early bird discount.