Updated 04/12/17: Our application is now online and ready for submissions. See the form at the bottom of this page!
A staple of our free festival, is the open air market. Our market showcases art and craft vendors from all over the area, plus a flea market and commercial vendors such as Karate America, Avon, Scentsy, and Tupperware. The fair opens at 10:00am until about 3:00pm. The last few years, we’ve had between 20 and 40 vendors spread out around the event grounds.
We are also looking for a future melonhead to run our vendor fair. We are writing up a “job description” and will be posting it shortly.
Date: Saturday, September 9, 2017
Location: Chandler Park, Pardeeville, WI (see website for detailed maps to the park). Park is located approx ¼ mile East of Hwy 22N / N Main Street.
Deadline: Saturday, August 29, 2017 – Please note: there will be no more “day of” sign up.
Festival: Set-up time is from 7:30am to 9:30am – All vehicles must be removed and unloaded by 9:30am
Vendor area is open from 10:00am to 4:00pm or when all festival sponsored events are completed (whichever comes first). Please be aware of children and festival goers while maneuvering your vehicles during this time!
Tents and electrical service will not be provided. Each space will be clearly marked and you will receive your booth number the morning of the festival.
Fees: $25.00 per 10’ by 10’, or $35.00 per 10’ by 20’ space checks payable to the Pardeeville Watermelon Festival. Your payment and a copy of your Wisconsin Department of Revenue Form S-240 are due with this application in order to reserve your space. There are no refunds and your cancelled check is your proof of acceptance as a vendor.
Parking: Vehicle parking will be provided for vendors. Parking next to your space may be available in certain areas. Please do not count on being able to park next to your space.
Exhibitors: Space is reserved on a first come, first serve basis. Previous vendors can renew their same approximate location (spaces may be set up different). Like media will be not placed next to each other. Festival committee reserved the right to accept anyone with similar media / commercial. This is an outdoor show. You must furnish your own tent, table, chairs, and displays. All sites are not guaranteed to be on flat surfaces. Please be mindful of unstable displays. Playing of loud music is not allowed.
S-240 Form: The “Wisconsin Temporary Event Operator and Seller Information” information is required by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue and can be obtained at www.revenue.wi.gov/html/temevent.html
This event is sponsored by the U. S. Watermelon Speed-Eating and Seed-Spitting Championships, Inc., held every year the first Saturday after Labor Day. It includes annual events such as speed-eating, seed-spitting, watermelon carving contests; game booths; food and beverage stand.
Here is a map from last year for reference: