Event Date: Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, rain or shine.
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Location: Streets of Downtown Worthington - primarily along High Street (SR 23), from SR 161 south to South Street, and on the Village Green.
Hours: Event starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m.
Market Day, Worthington's largest one-day festival, captures the spirit of earlier days when farmers brought their crops to market. Today artisans gather on the streets of Old Worthington to present a colorful and varied display of quality hand-crafted goods from jewelry, pottery and ceramics to beautiful paintings, decorative clothing and unique wood products. More than 250 exhibitors are expected to display their wares.
Other attractions include the Worthington Historical Society Flea Market; the Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries Market Day Book Sale; Farmers Market vendors on the southwest Village Green; a children's activity area and musical performances.
Event parking is available at Thomas Worthington High School, 300 W. Dublin-Granville Road, west of Evening Street. A free shuttle service will run from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The shuttles will travel from the high school to parking lot of The Worthington Inn and back, and from the high school to the Griswold Center and back.
Limited parking is also available at the Worthington United Methodist Church via Hartford Street, and at the Worthington Municipal Parking Lot west of High Street behind The Worthington Inn. The municipal parking lot on E. New England Avenue is reserved for handicapped parking only during the event.
There are different application procedures for first-time vendors and vendors who have participated in the event previously. For those who have participated in previous Market Day events, there is an online application option. First-time vendors in Old Worthington Market Day should apply by mail using the printed form available below and supply two clear photographs of their product(s) and one photograph of their display booth for review.
Application Deadline: Early-bird discount ends at the close of business on Wednesday, July 31 (full fee applies after this date).
Payment: Payment in full must be received with your completed application in the form of a check (made payable to Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce) or by VISA, MasterCard, Discover or American Express. Online registration using a credit card is available to vendors who have participated in Old Worthington Market Day in the past.
Arts & Crafts Vendors: All items sold must be handmade or handcrafted. No commercial or manufactured products will be accepted. Priority will be given to exhibitors selling their own work. Applicants who did not participate in the 2012 event must submit two clear photographs of their product(s) and one photograph of their display booth for review. Photos may be emailed to email@example.com. Mailed photos accompanied with a self-addressed, stamped envelope will be returned.
Community Groups: Community organizations are encouraged to sell handmade or handcrafted items; commercial products will be accepted only if they relate to the group’s mission. Community groups that have not participated in Market Day in the past must sell a product or food item. For food items requiring cooking or refrigeration (e.g., grilled brats), vendors are responsible for obtaining a temporary food license from Columbus Public Health (fee not included in Market Day application fee). A permit application and regulations may be downloaded at http://tiny.cc/TempFood2013. Pre-packaged bake sale items are not subject to permit regulations. First-time participants must mail photos of products and booth with their applications, or email the images to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food Vendors: Priority will be given to food vendors who offer unique food offerings that are reasonably priced and will enhance the experience of those attending the arts and crafts festival. Applicants who did not participate in the 2012 event must submit photographs of their product(s) and display booth for review. Food vendors are responsible for obtaining all necessary food permits to comply with Columbus Public Health regulations. (See the links to permit applications and regulations above.) Photos may be emailed to email@example.com. Mailed photos accompanied with a self-addressed, stamped envelope will be returned.
Farmers' Market Vendors: Current vendors in the Worthington Farmers Market and past participants in Old Worthington Market Day will be accepted. The rate schedule below on the Farmers Market Vendor application reflects a 30 percent discount off standard vendor rates. Farmers' Market vendors who participate at the discounted rate will be grouped on the southwest Village Green. Farmers' Market vendors who wish to participate at the standard Market Day rate, with placement on High Street, should apply at the Food Vendor rate; see above.
Disposition of Request: A postcard or e-mail message, indicating whether a request to participate in the event has been accepted or rejected, will be sent within 10 days of the receipt of an application.
Booth Assignment: The assignment of the booth location is based on a number of factors, including previous booth assignment, access to electricity, total space needs, type of craft or artwork and special needs identified by the vendor. Booth set-up on the day of the event starts at 7 a.m.; tear-down ends by 6 p.m.
Notification: Vendor information packets, including booth number(s), will be mailed early in September.
Equipment: Participants are responsible for providing all of their booth materials and equipment.
Permits and Licenses:
The State of Ohio requires a vendor’s license for reporting sales tax. Each exhibitor must obtain a vendor’s permit prior to the event. All permits must be available for inspection, if necessary, on the day of the event. For additional information or to secure a vendor’s license, contact the Ohio Department of Taxation by calling, toll-free, 888-405-4089 or on the Web at this link:http://www.tax.ohio.gov/portals/0/sales_and_use/st_st1t12_09.pdf .
Food vendors must obtain their own temporary food license, or permanent mobile food license, from the Columbus Health Department. A permit application and regulations may be downloaded at http://tiny.cc/TempFood2013.
By completing the application, the exhibitor/vendor hereby agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Old Worthington Market Day, the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Worthington, their volunteers and representatives from any and all liability arising from participation in this event, including theft of property/merchandise, damage or injury sustained by an exhibitor, his or her representatives or any other person, caused by fire, theft, water or accidents of any sort. In consideration of this agreement, the exhibitor expressly waives any and all claims, legal or otherwise, for personal injury and/or property damage sustained while on any part of the premise occupied by Old Worthington Market Day, the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Worthington, and representatives held harmless from any and all other actions.
ONLINE APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS FOR RETURNING VENDORS
- Online registration, using a VISA, MasterCard, Discover or American Express as payment, is available for vendors who have participated in Market Day in the past.
- Fill out the application completely.
- Make sure to indicate if payment is by VISA, MasterCard, Discover or American Express, and complete other information pertaining to credit card processing.
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS FOR FIRST-TIME VENDORS
Since first-time vendors in Old Worthington Market Day must submit two clear photographs of their product(s) and one photograph of their display booth for review, online registration is not available. Click below to download a PDF application (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).
Arts & Crafts Vendor Application - Click here to download a PDF of the Arts & Crafts Vendor Application
Food Vendor Application - Click here to download a PDF of the Food Vendor Application
Community Group Application - Click here to download a PDF of the Community Group Vendor Application
Farmers' Market Application - Click here to download a PDF of the Farmers' Market Vendor Application
AREA HOTEL INFORMATION - Click here for contact information for hotels that are members of the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce. When making your hotel reservation, please indicate you are a vendor with Old Worthington Market Day.