Deadlines approaching for vendors interested in medieval renaissance faire

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Deadlines approaching for vendors interested in medieval renaissance faire

Artisans, game and food vendors are encouraged to participate in the first ever Northwestern Oklahoma Medieval and Renaissance Faire at Northwestern Oklahoma State University on Friday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Food vendor applications and fees are due March 1, and all other applications and fees are due March 15. No applications will be accepted after March 31.

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.

Arts and crafts are expected to fall within the “medieval” theme. Dr. Amy Hall, assistant professor of English and faire coordinator, listed on the website that this event is not a flea market, street festival or outdoor mall.

The faire will specialize in handmade crafts, and 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.

“Currently, we have a belly dancing troupe, A Mirage Dance Company, who will perform throughout the day,” Hall said.

“Harpist Chris Bell will be performing, and Kansas Holiday Woodcrafts will be vending. A couple of blacksmiths are scheduled from Saltfork Craftsman guild and will be making wares.”

Hall also said that student organizations and students in her English classes at Northwestern will be participating in the event.

As these vendors and performers already have reserved their spaces, there is still plenty of room available for other vendors. Types of spaces available at the faire are in 12 feet by 12 feet increments. A regular row space (allows selling from 12 feet front only) is $35; 12 foot by 24 feet space is $50; and three spaces, 12 feet by 36 feet 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.

Application 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 application is not accepted. Applications will not be processed until payment is received.

For more information about the faire or to become a sponsor, contact Hall at (580) 327-8428 or amhall@nwosu.edu. Visit www.nwosu.edu/medieval-faire 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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