Galena Country Fair

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  • Oct. 7-8, 2017
  • Oct. 6-7, 2018
  • Oct. 12-13, 2019


Vendor FAQs

What types of vendors are accepted to exhibit at Galena Country Fair?

The fair accepts applications from vendors exhibiting original handcrafted
work in three categories: crafts, country crafts, and fine arts.

What type of work qualifies in each category?
Examples of appropriate products for each category are as follows:

Country Crafts
- needlework, dried flowers, wreaths, dolls, stuffed animals, quilts, small wood items, baskets, etc.

- stained glass, weaving, woodworking, metalworking, clothing, pottery, jewelry, etc.

Fine Arts
- sculpture, oils, acrylics, batik, watercolors, photography, pen and ink prints, lithographs, etc.

Are prizes awarded?

Yes, 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes are given in each vendor category (country crafts, crafts and fine arts).

Does all work I display need to be handmade?
All work entered in the Galena Country Fair must be original and handcrafted. Any exhibitor displaying manufactured items will be asked to leave the fair and will not be invited to return.

How many people attend Galena Country Fair?
Approximately 8,000-10,000.

Are dogs allowed in the park?
Dogs are restricted in Grant Park during the hours of Galena Country Fair. Service Dogs for persons with disabilities will be permitted when accompanying their owners.

How big are your vendor booths?
10x10 and 10x12 booths are available.

When is the deadline for vendors to apply to Galena Country Fair?
Applications are accepted each year from October 15 to March 31. Applications must be received by March 31 to be considered for the fair held in October of the current year.

Is there a waitlist?
If you missed the deadline, there is still hope. You can apply to be on our waitlist in the event additional space(s) open up. Please provide all the items required to apply to the fair.

What do I need to submit to apply to the fair?
1. A completed Galena Country Fair application
2. 3-5 photos or your work (vendor name must be written on back of each photo)
3. A check or money order equal to the vendor fee made payable to Jo Daviess County Country Fair Charities, Inc.
4. A large (legal size) self-addressed, stamped envelope
5. A completed City of Galena itinerant merchant form
6. A check or money order payable to the City of Galena for the itinerant merchant license
7. A copy of your Illinois tax number certificate

Why do you need two checks?
Once accepted as a Galena Country Fair vendor, the check payable to Jo Daviess County
Country Fair Charities, Inc., will be cashed to pay for your booth vendor fee. The check
payable to the City of Galena, will be forward to the city along with your completed Itinerant
Merchant form.

How long before I know if I'm accepted into the fair?
Acceptance letters will be mailed by April 30th.

When are my checks cashed?
Checks are held until vendors are selected. Selected vendors' checks are cashed in April; photos are returned to those vendors at vendor check-in the weekend of the fair. If a vendor is not chosen, his or her checks and photos will be returned in April.

What is the procedure for adverse weather?
The fair is held rain or shine. There is no rain date or alternate indoor site. History has shown that Galena Country Fair customers are a hearty and loyal group.

Do you provide electricity?
No electricity is provided. Generators are not allowed.

Where can I park?
Vendors may park in the City of Galena's lot located near the Old Train Depot. Vendors are given detailed information packets in the fair. The packets contain parking information.

Where can I load and unload?
Vendors may load and unload on the Grant Park side of Park Avenue. Vendors are given detailed information packets when accepted in the fair. All vendors are expected to abide by the directions given in the packets.

Is there help to transport my product to my booth in Grant Park?
You may hire someone on-site to transport your product once you arrive.

If I sell out of product, may I break my booth down early?
No, vendors may not break down  booths until the end of the fair on Sunday. Breaking down a booth early may disqualify you from being accepted for future fairs.


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