*** July 16, 2020 UPDATE ***
Fall Fest 2020 will not be held this year. We are disappointed to cancel our annual festival, but we are unable to safely hold an event of this size during the current pandemic with current and anticipated future group size restrictions. For the past 35 years, our community has gathered in Chester Park on the third Saturday of September as a celebration of our community and the change of seasons. This was a difficult decision but, we know it is the right choice.
Please mark your calendars and plan to join us on September 18, 2021 for our 36th installment of Fall Fest. We will all look forward to our traditional caramel apples, kettle corn, corn on the cob, supporting 130 craft vendors, a diverse selection of food trucks, live music throughout the day, and more!
Information below this point is not yet updated for 2021, but will give an overview of Fall Fest as an event. Registration for returning vendors for 2021’s event will open on February 1, 2021, and registration for new vendors opens on May 3, 2021. All registered vendors should have received an email from us about a refund. If you have not, please contact email@example.com.
Thank you for your understanding.
*** END UPDATE ***
We hope you join us for our 36th Annual Fall Fest, held on Saturday, September 19th, 2020, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.
INFORMATION FOR VISITORS:
Fall Fest is all about building community with friends and neighbors in the park! At this regional craft event you will enjoy music, food, crafts, locally grown fresh produce, vendors, and informational booths about local programs. The annual event has grown over the years and will host over 130 vendors selling locally made crafts, a great line up of music, 8 food vendors, and activities for children and families including pony rides. In addition, Chester Bowl branded clothing and other items will be sold by the Chester Bowl Improvement Club. We have many new products this year, so you will want to get to the CBIC table early to buy our new gear!
Suggested donations of $5 per person or $10 per family will be accepted at the entrance to support Chester winter program scholarships for kids in need who want to participate in winter sports. Donations last year totaled a record $10,785- we would love to break the record again!
There will be live music all day on our stage. Check back closer to the event for the lineup.
Free Shuttle Service:
All visitors are highly encouraged to use the three free shuttle buses that will run continuously from the University of Minnesota Duluth parking lot B, located at the intersection of College St. and University Drive. Parking is very limited near the event, so walking, biking (bike racks near the entrance), or using the shuttles is highly recommended. There are handicapped accessible parking spots near the entrance to the park.
This annual event is sponsored by the Chester Bowl Improvement Club, the City of Duluth Parks and Recreation Department, Kat Country 98.9, My 95.7, 95 KQDS, and KDAL 610 A.M.
INFORMATION FOR VENDORS:
Fall Fest is a one day event that brings 7,500-10,000 visitors into the park. Please note that vendors are required to be available both for the scheduled date of Saturday, September 19th, as well as for the rain date of Sunday, September 20th, if needed. Our event is billed as a regional craft festival; vendors are expected to be selling items that are hand-made or home-grown, not mass produced. Full criteria and expectations are contained in the application.
Vendors that participated in 2019 were mailed 2020 registration forms on February 1st. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you do not get the forms, or simply use the form for new vendors below. Returning vendors had until May 1st to reserve their same spot if desired. Requests for the same spot will be honored after this date to the best of our ability if your spot has not already been re-assigned.
Those looking for food vendor spaces (10×20) should contact Sam to talk about availability before applying.
Please complete page 1 (general registration) and page 3 (ST19 form), and return them to Chester Bowl by mail with your check to secure your spot. Event details and vendor instructions are found on page 2, and ST19 form instructions are on page 4. Fall Fest vendor spots have traditionally filled in July.
If you would like to receive the registration packet by mail, please contact Sam at email@example.com or 218-724-9832.
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