apply to participate
Because inclusion is by invitation only, we do not post booth application forms online. If you think you’d like to be part of next year’s Apple Festival, we are currently accepting applications from people interested in participating in the upcoming Festival in September. Please review the most frequently asked questions of new vendors, and complete and send your form following the directions at the bottom of the form.
When is the Apple Festival? The Lincoln County Apple Festival is always on the 3rd Saturday in September covering seven blocks of Main Street and around the Court Square.
How large are the booths? Most of the booths are 10×20. You may request and pay for more than one booth. Food booths currently measure 20 x 20, but that may be changing for 2016.
What is the per-booth cost? Currently the booths are $135 with the exception of non-profit, non-selling at $50, and Kid’s Orchard at $35. All fees are subject to increase upon review and a vote by the Apple Festival Board of Directors.
May I pay extra and get electricity in my booth? No. Only specific special events receive electrical service, and generators are not allowed.
What if I pay and then I can’t come? Payments are non-refundable, however, the Board will consider extreme circumstances. In some cases, the Board will choose to roll the fee over to the next year’s Festival.
What are the types of vendors and exhibitors, and the cost of the booths?
- Crafters: All items must be handmade by the seller. All crafters must live and operate in Lincoln County or a county that borders Lincoln. These are Cleveland, Gaston, Mecklenburg, Iredell, Catawba, and Burke Counties. You may share a booth with one other crafter. All vendors are responsible for providing their own tent, tables, and chairs.
- Food Vendors: Must be a registered non-profit organization in Lincoln County only. No power or generators, no charcoal. Food vendors are required to offer at least one product made from apples.
- Non-Profit/Non-Selling: Must be a non-profit organization in Lincoln County only. Providing information and giveaways only.
- Non-Profit Selling: Must be a non-profit organization in Lincoln County only. Selling as a fundraiser. You may not sell crafts or foods.
- Businesses: Must be a business operating within Lincoln County. Businesses may only offer information and giveaways.
- Kids Orchard: Vendors and exhibitors must be from Lincoln County unless by invitation and must provide a simple game or activity that appeals to children under 12. Each child must receive a prize of some kind. The chargeable limit for activities in the Kid’s Orchard is $5.
- Special Events – Not selling: Fee is at the discretion of the Board depending on the type of event and whether or not the event advertises a business, a non-profit, or a special attraction invited by the Board. Special events may be entertaining activities or educational displays such as race cars and fire trucks.
- Downtown Merchants – No charge: Merchants who choose to reserve booth space on the street in front of their store must register as a vendor by March 30. If that area is unavailable, every effort will be made to give that space priority for merchant use.
- Entertainment: The Apple Festival operates three stages, and artists perform without compensation. All entertainment chosen, and performance schedule is at the complete discretion of the Board’s Entertainment chair. For an entertainment application and instructions, click here.
- Farmer’s Market and Ag City: Both are managed by Lincoln County Cooperative Extension and operate independently of the Apple Festival. To participate, contact Lincoln County Cooperative Extension at 704-736-8452.
- Apple Queen Pageant: This is a related, but separate activity of the Lincoln County Business and Professional Women’s Club, however, you may apply and learn more here.
- Apple Festival Rotary Club 5K and Fun Run: This is a related, but separate activity, however you may register and learn more here.
- Apple Festival Recipe Contest: This is a related, but separate activity of the Lincoln County Cooperative Extension, however you may learn more here.
How does the interest list work? If you participated last year, you were given the opportunity to apply and pay the day of the Festival or soon after to secure a space in the next year’s Festival. If you participated last year but haven’t yet indicated an interest in participating, simply fill out the form and send it in. Send no money now. If you’re a new vendor, fill out a form and send it in. Those from our waiting list that qualify will receive a letter of invitation to apply and pay along with instructions and the appropriate forms.
How are vendors chosen? The Apple Festival Board’s Booth Committee reviews all waiting list applications. Acceptance is measured by the diversity or uniqueness of the product, food, or activity, and whether or not there have been infractions in past years. Festival rules state that organizations that do not adhere to Festival rules face the possibility of not being invited back to the Festival except by special vote of the Apple Festival Board.
If I’m accepted and pay my fee, may I request a specific location for my booth? We will do our best to accommodate every request, but we can never guarantee the same space. Most often, the decision to move a vendor after assignment is for safety reasons and better traffic flow.
When will I learn my booth assignment? A full vendor packet is mailed around the first week of August. The packet contains clear instructions and guidelines, booth assignment and maps. It also contains the booth sign and barricade passes that you must have on the day of the Festival. It’s important to review this packet as soon as you receive it and call with questions as soon as possible. Then put your packet in a safe place. The week of the Festival is too late to call the office to replace your misplaced packet.
For questions not answered here, contact Carole Howell, Apple Festival Coordinator, at 704-530-4636 or LCAppleFestival@yahoo.com.