Craft Fair Registration Deadline Looms

City officials put call out for vendors as application deadline approaches.

Regional artists and artisans have less than five days to register for the inaugural "Handmade on Hamilton" craft fair in West Hyattsville. The event, dubbed  an "international celebration of craft, music and food", will be held on Nov. 3, 2012 from noon to 7 p.m.

"Response from applicants has been good so far," said Abby Sandel, Hyattsville's communications manager and acting director of the Recreation and Arts Department. "But we still do have some booths available."

The city of Hyattsville is accepting applications through Sept. 14 from vendors who trade in handmade arts and crafts interested in exhibiting at the new festival. All vendors will be juried by the city for acceptance. If accepted, there'll be a $40 booth fee to pay. That fee gets you a 10 foot square patch of land to push your products onto the populace.

Any vendor spaces left over after Sept. 14 will be doled out on a first-come, first-serve basis, according to Abby Sandel, communications manager and acting director of the Department of Recreation and Arts. 

The city is expecting about 2,000 people to attend the festival, according to vendor application documents. 

A promotional webpage set up by the city for the festival highlights "cuisine from around the world" and lists an all-women Brazilian percussion band and a latin reggae rock ensemble among the entertainment options. 

Sandel said that the early November date should make it easy for many artisans to attend. 

"This was a date where they didn't have much in the way of conflicts," said Sandel. "It fits into their calendars."


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