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Demonstrators Area Rules & Guidelines - Application

The following terms and conditions, additional rules and guidelines for consideration for being a Demonstrator Area vendor. All vendors acknowledge they will abide by these rules per the submission of your application.

These rules & requirements are supplement to the overall general guidelines noted on our website under – general vendor information.



  • Security
  • First aid facilities
  • ATM Services
  • Trash removal
  • Comfort stations
  • Continuous entertainment on multiple stages
  • Information booth
  • Event marketing and publicity
  • Quality control
  • Crowd control
  • Optional – For Rent – one (1) 8’x12′ fly or 10’x10′ tent/w sides (fees on application)

SET UP: May begin on the Friday prior to festival weekend at 12:00 p.m. until dark and again on Saturday from 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. ALL VEHICLES MUST BE REMOVED FROM THE FESTIVAL GROUNDS BY 9:00 a.m. ON BOTH DAYS WITHOUT EXCEPTION. Security of merchandise is vendor’s responsibility. (See your application for dates)

%SPLITS: (FOOD VENDORS)  Participants are required to submit a detailed financial statement in the format provided by the Festival Board, along with a check for 20% of the net profit. This form will be sent with the final mailing before the Festival. This form and check are due to your area chairperson no later than November 1st of the same year. Failure to meet this deadline will jeopardize your status for future Festivals.  Paid labor is not a deductible expense.

CONTRACTS: Applications are non-negotiable and NON-TRANSFERRABLE. If you are accepted into the festival, please do not send someone else in your place because they will not be allowed to set up. If you are sharing a booth, both dealer names must appear on the application.

QUALITY: The quality control committee reserves the right to ask vendors to remove items not appropriate for sale or décor.

BOOTH APPEARANCE: All tables are to be supplied by the dealers. Tables must be skirted to the ground with materials appropriate to the mid-19th century. No plastic shelving will be allowed. Please use wooden crates, boxes or similar containers to display merchandise. STORAGE BOXES MUST BE COVERED IN AN APPROPRIATE MANNER. Plastic or aluminum lawn chairs are not permitted. No canvas, canopies, or other privately owned coverings will be allowed except at night for booth coverings. One wooden chair and one straw bale are supplied to you per booth area.

FIRES: If you require a fire for demonstrating purposes, please consider using an above ground fire pit or remove sod carefully and replace it at the conclusion of the Festival. Failure to do so will jeopardize future Festival participation.  The use of propane is prohibited.

FIRE EXTINGUISHERS: All Festival participants working with an open fire or require the public to be surrounded by bales of straw must have at minimum an approved and up to date minimum 10lb. COMMERCIAL GRADE (ABC type) fire extinguisher at the fire site.

DRESS: Your appearance needs to comply with our period dress requirements.  You can learn more about appropriate appearances for men, women and children in our general vendor guidelines area.

ACCEPTANCE: All applicants are carefully screened. You will be notified by mail or email of your acceptance into the Festival. Notifications will be made after the application deadline date. Please contact your area representative if you do not receive notification after thirty (30) days of the application deadline date.

DAILY RAIN POLICY: In the event of rain, goods may be protected by plastic or similar material. Rain gear is acceptable. You may elect to set up after 9:00 a.m., however no vehicles will be allowed to enter the grounds between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Saturday or 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. During this time, set up will be at each participant’s discretion. Under wet conditions, it will be acceptable to spread straw in your area. If participants follow the rain policy guidelines, their status will not be in jeopardy for future Festival participation.

TEAR DOWN: Vehicles may not enter the property or line up on the grounds or on city streets prior to the 5pm end of the festival.

INSURANCE: The Johnny Appleseed Festival Board suggests each vendor provide their own liability insurance.

SALES TAX: State taxes, when applicable, must be paid by participating vendors.

These rules and guidelines are considered the terms and conditions you agree to abide by upon signing and submitting and application for consideration into the Johnny Appleseed Festival.

If you prefer to NOT apply online, use the PAPER APPLICTION – Download HERE – follow instructions, include payment and US mail.

Application for Demonstrator Area Vendors

Demonstrators Area Application 2022
Vendor Status
Participant Name
Participant Name
YOU MUST BE DEMONSTRATE YOUR CRAFT. List what you intend to demonstrate and sell at your booth/area. If you are selling food, please list food items you intend to sell.

Address Information


Phone & Contact Information

Your Best Contact Number) Format: 123-456-7890

An application fee is shown below and must be paid with your application. If you are not selected as an vendor - a full refund will be issued. Refunds for accepted participant’s booth fees will be made if the Johnny Appleseed Board is notified of cancellation before August 1st of the year being applied for. After that date, NO refunds will be made.


If you have questions, you can contact the area chairperson at: demonstrators@johnnyappleseedfest.com

Demonstrator Area Application Fee
Includes online processing fee
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Total Application Fee

Food Demonstrator
As a food vendor - you must provide certificate of insurance and meet any requirements set forth by the Allen County Board of Health if applicable.
The Johnny Appleseed Festival, Inc. will not be liable for any loss or damage to property of the exhibitor or of its employees, agents, patrons, or guests due to fire, smoke, water from any source, accident from any kind or from any cause whatsoever and will not be liable for injuries to the exhibitor, their employees, agents, patrons or guests for damages or injuries arising from, or in any way connected with the use or occupancy of space. The exhibitor agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Johnny Appleseed Festival Board and Johnny Appleseed Festival, Inc. against any and all claims of any person whomever, arising out of acts or omissions of the exhibitor, his employees, agents, patrons or guests including, but not limited to, reasonable attorney fees, costs and expenses incurred by enforcing its rights hereunder.

By signing and submitting an application for consideration to this festival, you will have agreed to abide by these rules and guidelines as well as all terms and conditions here setforth. I agree to abide by all rules and vendor guidelines and have read and agree to the vendor guidelines as well as the Terms and Conditions displayed on the online form of this application.

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