Knitters' Fair

Thank you for another successful KW Knitters' Fair! The 2018 event saw almost 2,000 attendees, 89 vendors, including 13 vendors in our Micro Market, and dozens of volunteers. To all of the attendees, vendors, and volunteers who helped make the Fair possible - THANK YOU!

Save the date for our 2019 event - Saturday September 7, 2019 at the Kitchener Aud. 2019 marks the 27th anniversary of the Fair, and the 33rd anniversary of the K-W Knitters' Guild

This event is run entirely by volunteers including Guild members, and members of the public. We we couldn't run it without over 100 amazing people who help out. Most volunteer shifts are 2 hours long, and in exchange, you get free entry into the fair (a $7 value). Plan to give a few hours of your time to help make this great event possible in 2019. It's never too early to sign up:

Volunteer Now!

For volunteer inquiries, contact volunteer@kwknittersguild.ca

Vendor registration will open in early spring 2019. Please click Vendor Info for more information about policies and guidelines from the most recent Fair. To sign up to receive updates and notifications about vending at the KW Knitters' Fair, please contact knittersfair@kwknittersguild.ca

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Vendor Information

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Dear Prospective Knitters’ Fair Vendor,

Vendor registration will open in early spring 2019 . Thank you for your interest in the 2019 Kitchener-Waterloo Knitters’ Fair.

In 2018, our Fair had almost 2,000 attendees, not counting the 89 vendors and over 100 volunteers. The K-W Knitters’ Fair is totally planned, organized, and executed by volunteers.

Next year's event will be held on Saturday, September 7, 2019, at The Kitchener Aud:

Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex
400 East Avenue
Kitchener, ON
N2H 1Z6

We will be back again in our usual location in the Kiwanis and Kinsmen Arenas, which were extensively renovated in 2017, as well as upstairs in the Knitters’ Lounge.

Accommodations

For accommodation options, see the Region of Waterloo tourism site.

Vendor Selection

Due to the demand for spaces, all vendor applications will be subject to review. Spaces will be allocated to approved vendors on a first-come, first-served basis. The fair is organized by knitters, for knitters, and with the purpose of promoting knitting within our extended community, so the primary focus of your booth should be on knitting.

However, we understand that knitters are often multi-craftual, so we have extended our focus to include fibre, spinning supplies, and crochet needs. Approved vendors will have at least 75% knitting-related content. This includes (but is not limited to) yarn, fibre, needles, buttons, beads, bags, books, patterns, and knitting pottery. Vendors may provide a small amount of other fibre-arts materials for weaving, sewing, etc.

Determination of whether a booth satisfies these criteria is at the sole discretion of the Knitters’ Fair Committee. A vendor not operating in the spirit of the event and not willing to make changes to their booth may be refused booth space in subsequent years.

After submitting the Vendor Application Form, you will be notified by email that it has been received. Any updates to set-up information and requests for Fashion Show items will follow at a later date. Your booth location will be emailed to you in mid-August.

Vendor Payment

For an existing vendor

Sign in using the button in the top right corner of the main page. The username will be the email address that you used to sign up.

Once logged in, click the ‘Account’ button that now appears in the top right corner. There will be a set of Paypal buttons in the Account page, just click the one for the size of booth that you have. Payment for extra tables and chairs can't currently be made online, and should be brought to the Fair (cash or cheque).

For a new vendor

First, register a new account. Please wait for confirmation of your application before you pay online.

After making the account, make sure you are logged in (may need to click the Sign In button in the top right corner of the screen), then click the Account button in the top right corner. There will be a set of Paypal buttons in the Account page, just click the one for the size of booth that you have. Payment for extra tables and chairs can't currently be made online, and should be brought to the fair (cash or cheque).

All vendors

If paying by cheque, vendor applications must be accompanied by full payment. Make cheques payable to the K-W Knitters’ Fair. Please do not post-date your cheque, and do not send cash or a money order. There will be a fee for NSF cheques.

A vendor who cancels prior to August 1st will be subject to a 20% cancellation fee. No refunds will be given if cancellation occurs after August 1st.

Vendor Booths: Standard

The fee for vendors is $200 per standard booth. This rate has not changed in many years to encourage and support yarn businesses. Each 10' x 10' booth space is supplied with one skirted table and one chair. Additional tables or chairs can be rented by contacting knittersfair@kwknittersguild.ca. Other items such as carpet or other furniture can be rented by contacting Hahn Rentals.

Since the fair must abide by Kitchener Fire Department regulations, all items ordered by a vendor must fit into the booth(s) allotted. No items can extend beyond the 10' x 10' space, including personal items, merchandise, and rented items. A 10' x 10' booth space can accommodate at most two 6' tables and one 8' table, or two 8' tables.

Each space is draped at the back (8' high) and the sides (3' high). However, corner booths may request to have the side draping removed; please inform us when you arrive for setup.

Vendor Booths: Micro Market

To encourage small, local vendors to participate in the fair, we have added a Micro Market. For a $125 fee, a vendor will have an 8' table and folded chair in a shared space with other small shops (max. 1 table). The space includes the display area on and behind the table, but not external displays in front of the table. For vendors in this space, the insurance requirement will be waived, as the insurance will be provided by the Fair.

There will be a 2-year maximum for vendors in this space, to make room for new vendors who would like to join us every year. After the 2 years of being in the micro market, you are encouraged to purchase a full booth space on your own or with another small vendor.

Vendor Booths: All Booths

Booth draping may be solid white or burgundy fabric. If you wish to cover the draping with your own fabric, it must be made of a fire-retardant material or have a fire-retardant treatment. If you are using your own fabric, documentation of the fabric material or treatment used must be provided before the Fair.

Electricity is available at each booth, and lighting is sufficient and functional. Vendors may supply their own extension cords and additional decorative lighting if desired.

The Aud has free public wireless internet access for vendors and attendees; however, we cannot guarantee the speed of the internet service. The Knitters’ Fair is not responsible for any issues arising from a vendor's choice to use the Aud's wireless services for payments. The cellular service in the Aud appears to be consistent, so we recommend, if possible, that you use a cell phone or internet stick for your internet needs.

Vendor Documentation: Insurance

All vendors (except vendors in the Micro Market) are required to provide a copy of Proof of Insurance stating that they hold a minimum of $2 Million General Liability Insurance and $250,000.00 Tenant Legal Liability. Vendors must include the Kitchener-Waterloo Knitters’ Guild as co-insured for the duration of the fair. Your agent will need to know the Guild's address:

Kitchener-Waterloo Knitters’ Fair c/o Kitchener-Waterloo Knitters’ Guild
P.O. Box 40010
75 King St. S
Waterloo, ON
N2J 4V1

The Proof of Insurance must be sent to the Fair Committee by July 11th, 2018, or your application may be denied.

Note that the Fair Committee's acceptance of your insurance paperwork does not guarantee that you are covered. Verifying your insurance coverage is your responsibility. By agreeing to participate as a vendor, you agree that the Kitchener-Waterloo Knitters’ Guild (including its members, volunteers, agents, directors, officers, or any other representative) shall not be responsible for any damages or liability whatsoever including but not limited to any damages or liability arising from the presence of the other vendors, their actions, goods, or services or any liability arising from the use of the Arena. By signing the attached Vendor Application Form, you are agreeing to the terms contained in this letter.

The Kitchener-Waterloo Knitters’ Guild insurance agent has made the following suggestions for Vendors who do not currently have their own business insurance:

Exhibitor/Vendor Booth and Kiosk Liability Insurance can be purchased from PAL Insurance Brokers Canada. The insurance can only be purchased within 120 days of the event. The total cost is approx. $90.00 for liability only.

Vendors can contact their own Home Insurance provider, to ask if they can extend the liability for the one day of the Fair. The insurer may add on a home-based business package, which could be cheaper than the PAL policy. If you use this option, please make sure that you can add the Guild as co-insured with your policy, as not all insurance providers allow this.

If there are outstanding difficulties in meeting the requirement, please contact the Fair Coordinator.

Vendor Set-Up

The Fair Committee strongly recommends that you do not leave your travelling and set-up until the morning of the event.

Booths may be set up on the Friday night prior to the event, between the hours of 2:00 and 8:00 PM. The Kiwanis and Kinsmen Arenas are accessible from the doors at the back of the building (opposite the East Ave entrance, or turn right from the Ottawa St/expressway entrance). There is free parking on that side of the building, close to the door. Please be considerate of other vendors and do not block access to any doors by parking too close.

Vendors are asked to report to the Fair Administration table, located at the rear door of the Kiwanis Arena, to sign in upon arrival. All vendors and their staff/helpers are asked to wear an identification badge, provided by the Fair, at all times. The Fair provides volunteers who patrol the event area and are instructed to check for proper identification. Please make it easy for them to help you secure your products and displays. It is recommended that vendors bring sheets or tarps to cover their merchandise overnight. A security guard will be present for the entire night.

Vendors will be given access to the event area from the rear doors only, starting at 7:00 AM on the Saturday morning of the Fair. Any set-up MUST be complete before 9:00 AM, and all materials must be removed from aisles and loading areas prior to the doors opening at 9:30 AM in order to comply with fire code regulations.

The Fair operating hours are 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Vendors may not pack up prior to 4:30 PM. Vendor tear-down must be complete no later than 6:30 PM.

Fair Promotion

The Fair Committee has marketed our event successfully using postcard mailings, yarn store promotions, the K-W Knitters’ Guild newsletters, internet advertisements, and social media. Volunteers maintain a list of attendees (compiled from door prize ballot information), and each year prior attendees are sent postcards or emails to remind them of the upcoming Fair.

In addition, you may request a supply of postcards to distribute through your own channels. There will also be a poster that can be placed in a yarn shop or on a community notice board. The postcards and posters will be available by the end of April.

Promotional Opportunities at the Fair

At the Fair, there will be a Fashion Show where volunteer models will be wearing knitted items from your booth. This is an excellent medium to advertise your wares. While your item is being modelled, the commentator will highlight the name of your booth and read your description of the item. Please make sure your descriptions are legible (preferably typed), to help our announcer showcase your item at its best. The more you write to describe the yarn, pattern, techniques, and designer, the more we can say!

We encourage you to enter one or two items in the Fashion Show. You will be emailed a Fashion Show Items Sheet to bring to the fair. The sheet and the item will be picked up by a volunteer by 9:00 AM on Saturday, and the item will be returned to you as quickly as possible after the fashion show.

Fashion Show items and description sheets not received by 9:00 AM on Saturday will not be accepted into the show.

Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding the K-W Knitters’ Guild or the K-Wnitters' Fair, please first visit our website, http://www.kwknittersguild.ca/fair.

If you have further questions, send an email to the K-W Knitters’ Fair Coordinator, at knittersfair@kwknittersguild.ca. Please keep in mind that this event is organized and operated entirely by volunteers who have other commitments. Your requests or questions will be answered as soon as possible.

Thank you for helping to make the 2018 K-W Knitters’ Fair such a success!

Kitchener-Waterloo Knitters’ Fair Coordinator
P.O. Box 40010, 75 King St. S,
Waterloo ON N2J 4V1

knittersfair@kwknittersguild.ca

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