Deadline approaching for vendors interested in Medieval Renaissance Faire

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Deadline approaching for vendors interested in Medieval Renaissance Faire

Artisans, game and food vendors are encouraged to participate in the Northwestern Oklahoma Medieval and Renaissance Faire at the Woods County Fairgrounds on Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Activities will take place outside, as well as inside the arena and Women’s buildings. Vendor applications and fees are due March 15. 

The purpose of a medieval faire is to recreate a 14th century English market faire by providing free outdoor arts and crafts, as well as a living history.

All contributing vendors are required to be in appropriate period costumes and decorate their booths accordingly. Detailed costume and booth decoration suggestions will be provided upon request.  Food vendors are not required to dress in period clothing.
 

Arts and crafts are expected to fall within the “medieval” theme.  Dr. Amy Hall, assistant professor of English and faire coordinator, listed on the faire’s web page that this event is not a flea market, street festival or outdoor mall. The faire will specialize in handmade crafts. Items made by individuals or an individual company are preferred. 

Criteria for crafts include:

·         Handcrafted items or art only;

·         Quality of Workmanship;

·         Use of European Medieval theme;

·         No manufactured, commercially produced, flea market or imported items.

Types of spaces available at the faire are in 12 foot by 12 foot increments. A regular row space (allows selling from 12 feet front only) is $35; a 12 foot by 24 foot space is $50; and three spaces, 12 foot by 36 foot-wide, is $75.  Wandering vendor artists who sell from a basket, pole or cart with no assigned space will pay $20.  Electrical fees are $10, and electricity is only available at some perimeter areas and near food vendors.

“Currently, we have the musical group Gypsy Guerrilla Band, A Mirage Dance Company for belly dancing and Brother Donald’s storytelling,” Hall said. 

“The Jousting Knights and Steads for jousting and falconry also will be attending, which is why we relocated to the fairgrounds.” 

Applications can be sent to Hall by email at amhall@nwosu.edu. Payment must be made by check or money order made payable to Northwestern Oklahoma State University. Due to University policy checks will be deposited upon receipt. The fee will be refunded in full if the application is not accepted. Applications will not be processed until payment is received.

For more information about the faire, how to become a sponsor or how to become involved in the event, contact Hall at (580) 327-8428 or amhall@nwosu.edu.

Visit http://nwokfaire.wordpress.com/ to keep up with any new details about the medieval faire.  Also, check out the Facebook event by searching Northwestern Oklahoma Medieval and Renaissance Faire.

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