Fall Fest

*** April 30, 2021 UPDATE ***

Fall Fest 2020 was cancelled because of pandemic restrictions. Fall Fest 2021 is scheduled for September 18, 2021. We are hopeful that we will be able to hold our event in its traditional format, but it is still too early to make any final decisions, as we monitor the State of Minnesota’s guidelines and guidance.  In the meantime, we are planning and preparing to be able to have an event this fall.

Registration for both returning vendors (participating in 2019 or registered in 2020) and new vendors is now open. Paper registration forms were mailed out to returning vendors on February 1. Please contact us if you did not receive yours. Registration for new vendors is also now open; the links to the registration forms is below. If we need to cancel Fall Fest 2021, all registered vendors will be eligible for a full refund of their booth fee.

*** END UPDATE ***

We hope you join us for our 37th Annual Fall Fest, held on Saturday, September 18th, 2021, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. We are planning on holding the event, but a final determination based on COVID considerations and group size restrictions will be made closer to the event.

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 in 2019 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 18th, as well as for the rain date of Sunday, September 19th, 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 or were registered in 2020 were mailed 2021 registration forms on February 1st. Please contact dave@chesterbowl.org if you did 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.

Registration is now open for NEW vendors as well. There are three types of registration.

Craft vendors should use the form at this link.

Informational, educational, or political organizations should use the form at this link.

Food vendors should use the form at this link. Please note that there are limited spaces for food vendors, especially those with food trucks. 

Please print out the application form and the ST19 form, and return them to Chester Bowl by mail with your check to secure your spot. Fall Fest vendor spots have traditionally filled in July. All registration forms are now processed in the order in which they are received. 

If you would like to receive the registration packet by mail, please contact Dave at dave@chesterbowl.org or 218-724-9832.

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