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Top of the Line Holiday Marketplace in Visalia, CA

Fri Nov 2nd - Sun Nov 4th 07

Event Location
Visalia Convention Center
303 E. Center
Visalia, CA 93271
Tulare County - 110,356 housholds avg $45,974 ea.

Location/Facility Type: indoor convention center
Listing Details for Event #: 1048434
Posted: Feb 8, 2007
Last Updated: Nov 21, 2014
Listing Completeness %: 98%
Views: Total: 3017   Registered Users: 46  
Event Details
Primary Category:
  - Holiday & Seasonal Events
     - Holiday Gift Fair
Additional Categories:
  - Art & Craft Events
     - Juried Art & Craft Show
  - Childrens Event
     - Family-Friendly Event
  - Community Events
     - Fundraiser
Dates: Fri Nov 2nd - Sun Nov 4th 07
Show Hours: Friday 5 pm to 9 pm; Sat 9:30 am to 5pm; Sun 9:30 am to 4 pm
Setup Time: Friday 7am to 3 pm
Year #: 24
Attendance: 10,000 anticipated
Attendance Method: Estimated Anticipated Attendance
Public Admission Price: $6 with discount coupons available; children $4
Haul Details: Carts available. Loading dock and side doors for Exhibit Hall; short distance to on street unloading for other rooms
Vendor Help: Volunteers available to help unload on Fri and load on Sun; club members will booth sit for short breaks
Vendor Breakfast: Coffee day of set-up only
Vendor Lunch: Food on site; volunteers will take orders and deliver food to booth
Parking: Free parking available in adjoining lot and neighboring parking structures
Vendor Parking: free parking behind the convention center, in neighboring parking structures and free parking for vendors staying in neighboring hotels
RV Parking: limited, not on site but within short walking distance
Restrooms: 2 large men and 2 large women's available
Electricity: $35
Water: not available
Tables/Chairs: 2 tables and chairs included in rent
Misc Details: Indoor Event, Retail Items, Juried Crafts, Juried Fine Arts & Crafts
Activities: Child care is provided by the local YMCA. Craft activities will be provided for children as well as pictures with Santa. Vendor demonstrations will arranged.
  Jury Fee: $50
Seperate Jury Fee Check: YES
Jury Requirements: 4 photos of products and 1 of artist making product (if is handicrafted ) sent with app
Commission: none
Art/Craft Spaces This Yr: 145
Art/Craft Spaces Still Open: 60
Number of Apps Expected This Yr: 185
Art/Craft Space Price: $285 10 x10; $430 10 x 15 ; 10 x 20 $570; corners add'l $10/corner
URL to Offical Art/Craft Application: View!

Retail Spaces This Yr: 54
Retail Spaces Still Open: 54
Retail Space Price: $330 12 x12; $275 10 x 12.
URL to Offical Retail Application: View!

Food Spaces This Yr: 20
Food Spaces Still Open: 10
Food Space Price: $285 10 x10; $430 10 x 15 ; 10 x 20 $570; corners add'l $10/corner homemade; $330 12 x12; $275 10 x 12 commercial
URL to Offical Food Application: View!

App Deadline: 2007-09-01
App Deadline: Passed
Still Accepting App's: NO
Latest Notification/Hear-back Date: 2007-10-01
Vendor Types Needed: Food, Children's Items, holiday gifts, leather, clothing, fine arts, glass, mixed media, needlework, scultpture
NOT Needed: Jewelry
% of Vendors that Re-Apply: 75%
% of all Applications Accepted: 80%
% of Re-applying Re-accepted: 100%

Applications are Screened & Accepted progressively, as they arrive, until all spaces are filled.
Applications are Juried ongoingly & Accepted progressively as they arrive, until all spaces are filled.

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Top of the Line has been a Visalia holiday tradition for 24 years. Please accept our invitation to join a long list of artisans and crafters and the 10,000 customers who will join us November 2, 3, and 4 for an extravaganza of festivities and a mad shopping frenzy.

Top of the Line is not an arts and craft fair, a festival or a traditional fundraiser, but it has elements of all three. As soon as shoppers enter the beautifully decorated Visalia Convention Center, they will be plunged into the holiday spirit as the result of the festive décor and holiday music. Attendees will be provided with a booklet that lists the wares of each vendor, cross referenced to a map locating them all. The booklet features event and sponsor logos. Oversized shopping bags are available from a local youth group which sells them as a fundraiser.

The all new 2007 Holiday Marketplace will feature some 220 merchants offering unique items for the entire family, including clothing, accessories, jewelry, home and garden décor, fine arts, pottery and ceramics, woodcrafts, metal sculptures, gourmet food, toys, and much more. All artisans and crafters will be located in the Exhibit Hall and lobby (165 booths). All imported handcrafted items and buy sell food items, as well as antiques, will be located in 2 smaller ballrooms (54 booths).

This year we have united with the local YMCA to provide child care and we will be offering craft activities for children, along with pictures with Santa. For the adults, we will be sponsoring a wine and beer garden. We are organizing demonstrations by vendors so that attendees will have a better appreciation of the skill and time it takes to create your works of art.

To enhance their overall shopping experience, we provide a package check system, complete with carryout service to attendee’s cars. There is free parking within walking distance of the facility. A small entrance fee is charged, and discount coupons are distributed thought the media, by our vendors and club members, and on our website.

The 3 day event begins with an upscale ticketed preview party and private shopping on the eve of the show. A raffle runs throughout the night, sponsored by our vendors through donations of gift certificates to be used only in the donor’s booth. The entire event is organized and operated by the Soroptimist International of Visalia, Inc. The proceeds from this event are used to support projects in the community and world wide that benefit women and children.
Advertising Done for This Event
$20,000 is spent to advertise this event. Promotions in the past have included television, radio, 3 local newspapers, 4 valley newspapers and 2 local magazines, and direct mailing of postcards and discount coupons to 10,000 household. We have also utilized community calendar listings, announcements through the Visalia Chamber of Commerce, flyers, billboards and yard signs.
Event/Application Rules & Regulations
No canopies are allowed; easy-up frame okay. All tables must be skirted to the floor. Booths may be shared, but both partners must be listed as well as all items to be sold. All sellers must have a California Resale license and a city license. City license fee is $20. Food sellers must pay $54 health fee and complete Health Department form. Booths are required to be staffed the entire weekend. No early breakdown is permitted on Sunday.
Common Rules Selected: Previous acceptance does not guarantee re-acceptance. Include a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope with enough postage for the jury materials you are sending to be returned to you. Vendors can share a booth. City law requires city issued vendor permit. (Cost: $20) Spots are assigned prior to show based by promoter. No Refunds. Show Credits available by condition. Held Rain or Shine! Overnight Security Provided. ALL product categories must be itemized on the application. No vendor may sell any soft drinks, name brand drinks, or bottled water. No streamer poppers, snaps, silly string, stink bombs or other similar items may be sold! No pop guns, marshmellow guns or other disruptive items may be sold. Trash must be removed from your space to provided receptacles. No Gas Generators. No Early Packup Allowed. Raffle / Door Prize Donation Required. Floor Length Table Cloth Required. Food Service will take orders from and deliver to vendor booths. Event Helping Hands will come around/be available to relieve you for short periods. NO Setup until vehicle fully unloaded and moved. Vehicle must be parked in designated areas. Standard Rules: All work and displays must stay within designated space. No boxes, extra merchandise or debris should be visible. Spot area must be kept clean throughout the event and be left spotless afterwards. No soliciting, approaching patrons, or distribution of advertising material outside of booth area. All vendors must have a state sales tax license. Vendors are responsible for collecting and remitting all sales tax.
Event Quality Level Determining Flags:
Photos of workshop, supplies, or works in progress required.
Retail Items Allowed.
All items must be entirely hand-made, no Embellishments only.
All items must be entirely hand-made by the artist alone.
Limited number of Artists per category.
Artist must be present day of show.
Floor length table cloths required.
All product types to be sold must be listed on application.
Pre-show inspection of items and booths will be performed.
Vendors with items violating contract terms WILL BE asked to remove them.
Determined Quality Level: 2   quality levels explained
Driving Directions
Take California Hwy 99 to the Visalia Exit, CA 198. Head east on 198 until the Central Visalia exit. Exit at Downtown Visalia and stay in the left lane. Turn left at Court Street, and turn right at the next street which is Acequia. The Convention Center is one block east on the south side of the street.
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