2022 Knitters' Fair: We're Back!

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Dear Prospective Knitters’ Fair Vendor,

VENDOR APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN. 

Welcome to our 28th K-W Knitters’ Fair! We are pleased you are considering participation in the 2022 Kitchener-Waterloo Knitters’ Fair, thank you for your patience and support. Your attendance, feedback, and comments are very much appreciated.

With COVID-19 over the last two years, we have had to put the Fair on hold. But this year we are getting the gang all back together and putting it back on. With this upcoming fair, we will be following all provincial guidelines for safety and doing our best to help with the airflow of the Auditorium. With the unpredictable nature over the past two years, things were delayed in the planning of this fair. But nevertheless, we are going to run it.

In 2019, our Fair had almost 2,000 attendees, not counting the 89 vendors and over 100 volunteers. Those numbers may not represent what will happen in September. Because of the unpredictability of the last two years, we can only hope for the best and put on the best show that we can. The K-W Knitters’ Fair is totally planned, organized, and executed by volunteers.

This year's event will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2022, at The Kitchener Auditorium (The Aud):

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

We will be in the Kiwanis and Kinsmen Arenas, as well as upstairs in the Knitters’ Lounge viewing area between the two arenas.

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 extend 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 when your application is approved. More information regarding event set-up, requests for and door prizes, will follow at a later date.

The deadline for vendor applications is June 30, 2022.

Vendor Payment

All new or returning vendors must wait for application approval before submitting payment. Vendor payment is due upon application acceptance.

CHEQUE - If paying by cheque, please 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.

E-TRANSFER - For electronic funds transfer through your bank, please send payment to knittersfair@kwknittersguild.ca.

PAYPAL - Please do NOT send payment via Paypal at this time, regardless of how you have paid in years past. (Our Paypal access has been disabled and you will receive an error if you try to pay that way.)

Full booth payment is due by July 16, 2022. Cancellations 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 $235 per standard booth. Each standard booth is 10' x 10' x 8' high, and is supplied with one skirted table and one chair. Additional tables or chairs can be ordered on the vendor application form, or 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, or above the 8' booth height, including personal items, display pieces, 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 offer a Micro Market table for $160. Each Micro Market space will have an 8' table and folding chair in a shared space with other small shops (max. 1 table per vendor). The space includes the display area on and behind the table, but not displays in front of the table. For Micro Market vendors, 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. After 2 years 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

 DRAPING - 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, conforming to CAN/ULC-S109-M, “Flame Tests of Flame-Resistant Fabrics and Films”. If you are using your own fabric, documentation of the fabric material or treatment used must be provided before the Fair, or you will be asked to remove it.

LIGHTING - 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.

WI-FI - 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.

LOCATION - Your booth location will be emailed to you in mid-August. Requests for particular locations can be made on the vendor application. Every effort will be made to fill requests on a first-come basis.

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 Coordinator by July 19, 2022, 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 9:00 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 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. The postcards will be available by the end of April.

Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding the K-W Knitters’ Guild or the K-W Knitters' 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 2022 K-W Knitters’ Fair such a success!

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

knittersfair@kwknittersguild.ca

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