Vendor Perks & Information

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Farmstead Fair is an open-air market that is held on the private farm of Rader Family Farms, LLC in Normal, Illinois.

Address: 1238 Ropp Road, Normal, Illinois (see Map below)

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Merchandise: We are looking to feature antiques, re-purposed items, hand-made, crafted, unique jewelry pieces, one-of-a-kinds, vintage pieces, distressed items, up-cycled creations, salvaged, hand-painted and old farm signage, industrial finds & more.  (Sorry, we are not looking for volume wholesales, direct or in-home sales types.) We will do our best to limit similar-type items, thus offering our shoppers a wide variety of merchandise. If you own a small boutique, antique/vintage shop or warehouse… and have merchandise you feel is applicable, please apply!

 

Vendor PERKS! You are the Heart & Soul of the Farmstead Fair and we want to treat YOU.

  • Early access to the farm to set-up your booth on Friday!
  • Please use our hauling wagons (utility carts) during set-up and tear-down at no cost to you.
  • Enjoy special vendor % discounts on food and beverages purchased from our farm during the fair.
  • We look forward to promoting YOU on our social media!  Once we receive your agreement, we will send you some optional follow-up questions about your business so we can brag and share some of your photos, if you’d like.  We will do our best to get to everyone before the Fair, but the early applicants will get the most exposure.
  • Also, “Share the Fair” by sharing our Event on your Social Media pages and we will reward you with prizes such as Free Admission Passes to gift to your family or friends to attend the Farmstead Fair and/or Free Activity Admission passes for you to return to Rader Family Farms during our Fall Season to enjoy making memories on the farm with your family. You could also use the passes as give-away’s to your customers as well!
  • Free, on-site parking for your vehicles and trailers
  • Stay tuned for local hotel specials for just for YOU!

 

 

Share the Fair: We will be promoting our Farmstead Fair through many marketing avenues, including (but not limited to) Rader Family Farms Facebook page (currently 16,000+ likes) & Facebook Events,  Rader Family Farms Subscriber’s Email Announcements,  Rader Family Farms & Farmstead Fair Instagram Promotions, Farmstead Fair Facebook Events & Promotions, Share The Fair Social Media Incentives for Vendors, Listings on Illinois Market Sites & Pages, Print Media…and More.

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Booths: We are welcoming vendor booths, which will be standard outdoor tent spaces. Spaces will be rented based on location and availability.  (You may reserve two spaces if you have two tents or one larger tent fitting the size requirements.) Vendors will provide their own solid color tents.  Tents will need to be secured for weather and possible wind as usual.  Spaces are rented for TWO days.

Booth Sizes: (the booth sizes front back are 10 x 10, the side to side distance is the variable)

Electricity: Electricity hook-up will be available for an additional cost of $20, and vendors will be responsible for providing their own (safe) extension cords. Please be sure to request and submit payment with your rental fee and agreement.

Porters: Stay Tuned for information on assistance with booth set-up and customer’s purchase loading..we are working hard to arrange help for everyone!

Parking: Vendor parking is also available at no cost to the vendors and will be in an area designated for the vendors and their trailers.

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Set-Up/Take-Down: Vendors are welcome to set-up their tents during the day Friday before the Fair or the Saturday morning of the Fair.  (No booths are to be taken down before the end of the Fair.) Again, please help yourself to our utility wagons to use during set-up and tear-down. These will be rented to our shoppers during the Market hours.  We are working on arranging help for you with set-ups!  Check out our local hotel offers.

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Applications: Simple Vendor Applications are needed and will be reviewed by the Rader Family Farms representatives.  Your social media and websites will be reviewed for products, displays and photos to see if your style is compatible with what we are intending to offer our guests.  They will be approved as they are submitted, and spots are limited so get yours in early!

Agreements: If your application is approved, we will email you a vendor agreement with details about the event.  If you agree, and wish to proceed, then your rental fee(s) will be due in full within two weeks of your approval.  (We would be happy to email you a copy of the agreement if you would like to look it over before applying as well).

Simple Vendor Application: Take a moment to get your business name in by filling out the simple vendor form; no agreements or payments are being made when submitting.  But, if you hesitate you may miss your chance to reserve your spot!  Click on the link above.  If you have troubles, email Marketing@RaderFamilyFarms.com

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Pumpkin Blossom Cafe & SideKick Grill will be serving food throughout the day, including Fresh off the line Homemade Pumpkin Donuts, Slop-the-Hog Signature Brat Sandwiches, Pulled Pork BBQ, Nachos and more.  These will be available to vendors (with % off discounts) & customers with access to shelter and picnic table seating. (We ask the shoppers not to bring in outside food)

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The Harvest Brew Coffee Shop baristas will be serving gourmet hot, cold & blended cappuccinos and lattes along with fancy sweets and treats inside the main barn and gift shoppe throughout the event as well.

Hot Fresh Poppy’s Kettle Korn will be popping right on site!

Also be sure to visit our Farm Animals including our donkeys, rabbits, chickens, pigs and our favorite goats on their bridge.  Goat feed is available for some loose change. {Included with Fair admission.}

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Looking for Admission Information?

Check out an Aerial Overview of Rader Family Farms on YouTube!

Ready to APPLY? No commitment or payment needed with application.

Email Marketing@RaderFamilyFarms.com with Questions.

 

Hotels

……We now have Hotel Specials! We have been meeting with local hotels and are proud to bring you bring you special Vendor Rates! Click here to see the rates and hotel information.

 

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