2022 Dates:  September 17th & 18th
Sat: 10am - 6pm    Sun: 10am - 5pm

Trappers N Traders Rules

The following additional rules and guidelines for consideration for being a Trappers N Traders participant/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 in previous page.


  • An educational experience for 3,500 participants and over 200,000 visitors
  • 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

Nothing with China, Mexico, Taiwan or anything with a country stamp on it. This includes but is not limited to knives, sling shots and box items, Non-Period Necklaces, i.e. Dragons, plastic beads, ball link chains, etc., Stick Incense, Plastics of any kind, No modern looking wood or metal toys, Colored rabbits feet, Bright or Neon feathers (Only natural colored feathers are allowed) Wind Chimes, Porcelain Dolls, Pre-packaged candy, Paper and wood fans.


BOOTH/CAMP APPEARANCE: Modern tables must be skirted to the ground with materials appropriate to the mid-19th century. Wooden chairs or bales of straw are appropriate seating. Displays must be created with materials available during the early to mid 1800’s. Modern supplies must be hidden from public view. No aluminum lawn furniture!

SIGNAGE: Small visible signs to denote items for sale or organization name must also be made from natural materials such as burlap or wood and may sit on your counter top or hang from your tent pole or set-up.

LOCATION: Areas will be assigned and locations may not be changed. You must stay within your designated area.

SET UP: May begin at Noon the Friday of the festival, and should be complete, with vehicles off the park grounds, by 9:00 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, rain or shine. (See your application for dates)  Vendors may have their own tent/tarp so long as it is canvas and any poles are wood.  No metal or metal/modern material pop-ups allowed.

QUALITY: The “Dog Soldiers”, under supervision and instruction of the area chairperson, reserve the right to ask vendors to remove items not appropriate for sale or decor. You will be asked ONE time only to put items away you are selling if they are not appropriate period items. The second time, you will be closed down for the rest of the weekend and will not be invited back. This goes for removing vehicles by 9am and being in period appropriate dress by 9:30am each day.

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.

FIRES: Fires must be in a dug out area of ground or in a period looking container above ground. If in-ground, remove sod carefully and replace it at the conclusion of the Festival. Failure to do so will jeopardize future Festival participation.

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 10lb. COMMERCIAL GRADE (ABC type) fire extinguisher at the fire site.

LIABILITY INSURANCE: The Johnny Appleseed Festival requires that each food serving vendor provide liability coverage with a certificate of insurance in the amount of at least $300,000, naming the Johnny Appleseed Festival Inc. as additional insured. FOOD VENDORS WITHOUT INSURANCE WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO SETUP.  The certificate is due to the area chairperson within 30 days of receiving notification of acceptance into the Festival.

PRICING: White adhesive decals or white paper hang tags are an acceptable means of pricing items. Please avoid colored decals denoting “sale” items.

ACCEPTANCE: All applicants are carefully screened. No application will be accepted after the application deadline. 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.

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