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🐮 State & County Fairs: How the Show Must Go On, If It Can

by Julie Cochrane, posted 07/27/20 16:40:52   category » Event Highlights

While so many fairs have folded for this year for reasons out of their control surrounding the pandemic, others have been able to reschedule, regroup, and reorganize to allow for new safety measures. Because state and county fairs are traditionally multifaceted with many different areas of entertainment and activities, they have the 'luxury' to keep components of their event while cutting out others. For most, this means no rides.

For the folks who only go to the fair for the amusement rides, they might choose to skip their beloved fair this summer or fall, but for the people who participate in the agriculture and livestock contests, arts and crafts, and live entertainment, fairs can often take place in our luckier states that are reopening safely.

The Kentucky State Fair won't let COVID keep it down.  Their plan to keep attendees safe is thorough, detailed, and carefully explained on their website. From wider, one-way aisles & reduced occupancy and added hand-washing stations to reduced hours to allow for thorough cleanings & increased outdoor areas, the Kentucky State Fair has adapted and evolved in these trying times.

The Wilson County Fair in Lebanon, TN, who is limiting its event to livestock contests and shows, has also published a set of safety rules and also require attendees to sign a waiver upon entry.

The Kearney County Fair in Minden, NE posted on their social media what to expect and what not.

Still more fairs are doing all kinds of virtual judging while allowing for exhibitors and competitors only in the expo centers because of the crowd limits in many states. Bar none, this is the most bizarre summer for fairs ever.

Many fairs scheduled for late summer are still in a wait and see pattern at this time and sadly some will have to cancel at the last minute depending on the state of the virus & the speed in which local governments are forced to switch on and off certain allowances.  It's a trying time from coast to coast for events of all types and FestivalNet continues to work hard to keep fairs updated on our website for all visitors.

Have a safe and happy summer, tilt-o-whirl or not.

💡 Where there's a will (and helpful guidelines!) there's a way!

by Julie Cochrane, posted 07/27/20 12:21:22   category » Event Highlights

While we know there are states going back to Phase 1 and there will be no real world events this summer, others are in better shape. Larimer County in Colorado released very helpful and succinct COVID-19 event guidelines so that Art in the Park in Loveland can happen!

By the looks of a recent facebook post, the decision was quite last minute due to waiting on approval from the health department. As a result, it's not too late to apply to exhibit artwork at this fair, Colorado's longest running artisan event.

Check out the rules and procedures to get an idea of the "new normal" in public gatherings in Colorado.
  • Art in the Park will be running at 50% capacity.
  • The gate attendance will be limited and a wait may occur.
  • We will be posting live on Facebook: Loveland Art in the Park.
  • Proper Face Covering will be mandatory at all times
  • 6 ft social distancing at all times, small family groups are allowed.
  • We encourage frequent hand sanitizing
  • ASK to touch merchandise. Vendor will assist you.
  • There will be mandatory contract tracing at the gate. This is your name and phone number to be submitted to the Larimer County Health Department if there is a outbreak of the virus.

We are wishing the artists and attendees a wonderful show.

Where and When

August 8th & 9th 2020
North Lake Park
2750 N. Taft Ave.
Loveland, Colorado

Saturday 10am-5pm | Sunday 10am-4pm

One Promoters Response: Meeting Artists Halfway in Lakewood, Colorado

by Julie Cochrane, posted 07/14/20 16:19:13   category » Event Highlights

Hammered and Hung is an Event Based Art Gallery currently producing art festivals and farmers markets in Lakewood, Colorado. It's evident by their responses to COVID-19 that they are committed to ensuring that their local artists have a place to show and sell work this summer.

West Colfax Farmers Market

Their West Colfax Farmers Market is taking an awesome direction this season to show how much they care. Having realized what an impact COVID-19 is having on artists and vendors, they were quick to take action. They adjusted the monthly market season to run from June thru October in order to get past the stay at home requirements. They are also easing the burden by offering the market to vendors for free. That's right, no vendor fees but a donation is encouraged.

Who is Eligible to Participate in Farmers Markets
  • Growers of produce
  • Specialty Foods (honey, salsa & chili, bread, chili roasters, dips & sauces, jams & jellies etc.)
  • Coffees & Specialty Drinks
  • Crafts and Artisan made goods :(jewelry, apparel, sculpture, crochet, leather work etc.)
  • Bath, Body, and Spirit (bath bombs, CBD, lotions, candles, supplements, etc.)
Click the image for all the info and to support this awesome Colorado Farmer's Market.

Where and When

Lamar Station Plaza
6579 W. Colfax
Lakewood, CO 80214
Runs every Sunday thru October 18th 
8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Heart of Art

An outdoor art festival also in Lakewood, Heart of Art will take place next month.

"We will take precautionary measures as recommended by the CDC to ensure that we are keeping everyone safe. We have made the decision to change this art fest from a fine art fest to include other artisans. All items will still be hand crafted, but we will not jury entries. H&H will continue to do what we can to support our struggling artists and vendors, therefore, we’ve lowered the price from $150 to $100 for a 10x10 booth."
- Event Website

By lowering their price and changing their event's model to be non-juried and open to all artist types, Heart of Art will be able to allow more makers to participate.

Have a look at their safety guidelines mandating masks, social distancing, and hand-washing stations. 


Where and When

August 1st, 2020
12:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Lamar Station Plaza
6579 W. Colfax
Lakewood, CO 80214

Best wishes for a fun and fruitful summer to Hammered & Hung Events!

All the Bases: An Event that Rescheduled, Incorporated Virtual, & Changed Location For Social Distancing

by Julie Cochrane, posted 07/09/20 13:57:31   category » Event Highlights

We've seen events scramble and we've seen events cancel. Some festivals are determined to support their participants & artists by providing an online platform for sales and entertainment, others believe that the internet can't do their event justice (or do not have the means) and have canceled for this year. Still more events have rescheduled from Spring to late Summer or beyond in the hopes that by then, there will be guidelines and allowances to congregate.

I want to highlight one event who has done the "three-step pandemic shuffle" and is covering all the bases to assure that their event can take place this year... They've rescheduled, they've integrated online components, AND have changed locations to allow for social distancing at the real-world event next month.

The Acworth Art Fest is a true celebration of vibrant art every spring in Acworth, Georgia. They rescheduled for August because of COVID, choosing a new location that will allow for adequate social distancing. Also, they have integrated with to produce a symbiotic online counterpart to their event! Kudos Splash Festival!!

"Acworth Art Fest will also be going VIRTUAL on August 10 through 17. We're also moving to Logan Farm Park, just a block from the historic downtown. The beautiful lawn will be the perfect backdrop for social distancing while shopping the whimsical and talented artisan wares from around the country. Their creative booth displays will charm you with paintings, pottery, metalwork, folk art, glass, jewelry, yard art and much more!"
-source: Event Website

The following very thorough and helpful list of safety enhancements for event reopening can be found on the Acworth Art Fest Website

COVID-19 Safety Enhancements for Event Reopening

Due to the pandemic, Splash Festivals, Inc. is following the CDC Festival guidelines as well as The Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide published by the ESA (Event Safety Alliance) for all of the festivals we produce. Our goal is to provide a safe and enjoyable shopping experience while helping artists, one of the most economically affected groups by COVID-19. Your cooperation and support will help to ensure outdoor events can be held safely as we move forward. Therefore, we’ve implemented the following practices:

  • Hand sanitizers are being added to Festival sites
  • All exhibitors, staff, volunteers and food service workers are required to wear face masks and/or face shields. All attendees will be required to wear masks and/or face shields, as social distancing of six feet may not always be possible
  • Where available, dining tables will have increased spacing and cleaning
  • Where available, hospitality areas will have increased spacing and cleaning and be limited to food products which are either bottled or prepackaged in a Department of Agriculture certified facility
  • Portable toilets and restrooms will have increased cleaning
  • Volunteers, exhibitors and vendors will be checked in contactless
  • Festivals with tight footprints are being moved to parks which will allow increased spacing of tents and proper social distancing
  • Where children’s areas exist, increased spacing will be implemented. Children’s vendors will be required to practice required sanitary and spacing measures
  • Artist Market vendors will be on-line for pre-Festival browsing
  • Where available, performance stage microphones will be covered with disposable windshields during performances. Microphones will be disinfected between acts
  • Signs will be posted to remind attendees of the need to wear masks, proper social distancing and hand sanitizing or hand washing
  • Pets will not be allowed within the Festival areas
  • A sanitation monitor has been added to Festival Committee
  • We will be updating this list as rules change for Public Gatherings

Where and When

Acworth Art Fest

Logan Farm Park
4405 Cherokee St
Acworth, GA 30101

August 15 & 16, 2020
Saturday & Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM

Also Online!

"Covid-Aware" Precautions from One Summer Show 🌞

by Julie Cochrane, posted 07/07/20 15:28:38   category » Event Highlights

This month, the Urban Artist Market in Irving, Texas is happening with extra special care.

The Urban Artist Market is an indoor curated show taking place on July 17-18 in Irving, Texas at the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas, which will feature artisans in a variety of disciplines selling their original work.

Attendees will be delighted and amazed by a variety of distinctive, one-of-a-kind creations in 2D painting, ceramics, pottery, mosaic, stained and fused glass, fiber art, book art, photography, sculpture, jewelry, collage, mixed media and much, much more.

Shop original art in a Covid-aware environment! Enforced 50% capacity with limited tickets sold per hour,sanitation stations, one-way directional traffic, and mask requirement means better safety for artists and buyers.  source: Urban Artist Market Website

Below, read about all the ways this Texas Art and Craft Show is keep everyone safe and protected. This list is a terrific beacon of hope of how shows can move forward being covid-aware to allow people to congregate safely so we can support our beloved artists and crafters during this difficult time.


The Urban Artist Market has implemented several procedural changes to ensure safety of our exhibitors and attendees.

  1. We’ve relocated the show to the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas because the Grand Ballroom offers more floor space.
  2. More space means extra wide aisles and the ability to create a one-way traffic flow through the show room floor; with only one entrance and one exit.
  3. We’re selling tickets online before the event in 2-hour slots to ensure a limited amount of traffic on the show floor at any given time. We have calculated the amount of people permitted in the Grand Ballroom to ensure 6 foot distancing recommendations and will monitor entrance in any given time slot. However, walk-in tickets will be sold when admission quotas have not been exceeded.
  4. The Urban Artist Market has expanded their open hours to spread out traffic evenly over the 2-day event.
  5. Our exhibitors will wear masks throughout the event whenever anyone is near their booth footprint. All attendees will be required to wear masks upon entering the hall.
  6. Disposable masks will be available at the entrance for attendees who have not brought their own mask.
  7. Hand sanitizer stations will be positioned at the entrance and throughout the show floor.
  8. The Irving Convention Center provides detailed Safety and Sanitation protocols in alignment with public health authorities, medical and industry experts. For detailed information, click here
  9. The Urban Artist Market will not be passing appetizers or drinks during the July event, however, the Irving Convention Center will be providing a snack stand with glass barriers in the main lobby that adheres to safety standards.
  10. On Saturday, July 18, the show will open 10-12 noon to provide early shopping access for immune compromised and our community 65 years of age and up. Masks will be required on all exhibitors and attendees in that time slot.
  11. Shoppers will be encouraged to limit touch to art that they are purchasing. Exhibitors will promote “touch-free” shopping with signage in their booth.

Where And When:

July 17 - 18, 2020
Irving Convention Center
Irving, TX 75039


How Art on The Rockies Is Making it Work!

by Julie Cochrane, posted 07/07/20 14:42:00   category » Event Highlights
FestivalNet Featured Event Vail's Art on the Rockies is this weekend!

Art on the Rockies is loved by the community as the sweet balance of a casual yet upscale art event. Fittingly for a mountain gathering, Art on the Rockies boasts a lively outdoor environment in the Vail Valley. Meet nationally renowned artists and appreciate the variety of arts and fine crafts on the grounds of Colorado Mountain College in Edwards. The event starts Friday, July 10th at 10am, and features free admission, food and beverages, free children’s art area and a silent art auction benefiting the Vail Valley Arts League.
source: Art on the Rockies Website

Here are the measures they are taking to ensure everyone's safety according to Vail Daily News.

  • Social distancing measures were designed into the event’s new outside format.
  • Each artist’s booth is 10 feet apart from the next, and they will have ample room to exit the booth from one side when needed.
  • Aisles between booths are more than 30 feet wide, and markers will be out to direct two-way directional pedestrian traffic.
  • Guests and artists are required to wear face masks when a 6 foot distance cannot be maintained, and each booth will have sanitization products, both for guest use and to disinfect any object that may be handled by visitors.

"Be kind, wear your mask, visit with your favorite artists, support original, local art, enjoy the sunshine, celebrate community at Art on the Rockies!" -
Art on the Rockies Artist Jennifer Hammond

Bravo Art on the Rockies! Way to keep the show alive and we wish you all the best this weekend!

When and Where:

Friday July 10 - Sunday July 12, 2020
10-5 Daily
Free Admission

Freedom Park
300 Miller Ranch Rd
Edwards, CO

How One Summer Art Festival Changed Gears

by Julie Cochrane, posted 06/30/20 12:37:46   category » Event Highlights

In 2020, it's not 'art fair as usual' for the Sawdust Summer Art Festival in Laguna Beach who has  responded to our current social landscape by downsizing this year. State and county health guidelines have helped morph the Sawdust Art Festival into an ongoing weekend Outdoor Marketplace instead of its traditional summer festival.

"Our first priority is the health and wellbeing of our artists, staff, and patrons. Knowing that even a modified version of our annual festival would not meet reopening criteria, our board of directors quickly pivoted in a different direction", stated Monica Prado, President of the Sawdust Board of the Directors.

Sawdust Summer Festival

Under an outdoor eucalyptus grove, artists will uniquely configure their space to allow for social distancing; more than 100 Sawdust artists will rotate through over the course of the summer.
Sawdust has taken all the necessary steps to keep everyone safe.

"Art is essential. Artists are Innovators. Over the past months we have focused our passion and creativity on finding a way to open a safe and meaningful show for our artists, community and guests. This year, Sawdust Art Festival is proud to present a smaller more personal Weekend Outdoor Marketplace, giving patrons the feeling of safety while whisking them into a world filled with art. Art allows us to be at peace, to enjoy the present, and to respond to the beauty in front of us. Smaller, but more personal." - Event Website

Bravo Sawdust! Way to stay current and take swift action to keep your event alive this year. 

When and Where

Sawdust Festival Presents an Outdoor Marketplace 

935 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach,
CA 92651

Weekends, July 17 - September 6, 2020

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 10am to 6pm


Goodbye to Sugarloaf Festivals 😢

by Julie Cochrane, posted 06/18/20 14:40:17   category » Event Highlights

FestivalNet has been around since 1996 so we have seen our fair share of companies and events come and go over the years. This past week, a company that has been producing quality craft festivals since the 1970's has gone out of business & it struck me as exceptionally sad. 

I wanted to take a minute and to just share publicly that FestivalNet will miss Sugarloaf. I would like to think that we forged a loyal business relationship over the years. Their team always updated their event listings on time and advertised in our newsletters year after year.  Their logo was a steady constant when you scrolled through our Call for Artist listings. And they had a 5-star promoter rating. Sugarloaf was a class act in a league of their own producing quality craft festivals.

Thank you Sugarloaf for the wonderful years and we wish all your people the very best.

Please read their goodbye letter here on their homepage. I am pasting it here as well:


Dear Friends,

When Sugarloaf Craft Festivals began in 1975, we set out to offer talented American artists a low overhead market where they could display and sell their original creations to our local community. Out of this idea came a beautiful arts community.  Artists and patrons interacted and became friends.  Communities embraced the artists and respected their talents.  We are proud to have created this welcoming community where all could have fun, be inspired, and escape from the day to day troubles of life.

For 45 years, we have been in awe of our artists’ talents and creativity and resiliency. We have all shared joys, and sadness, and watched each other grow. We have seen children fall in love with art at Sugarloaf and return as artists themselves as adults. We’ve survived through wars, recessions, terrorist attacks, political upheaval, hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards and more. Through it all, Sugarloaf has fostered community connections and friendships that will last a lifetime. 

Unfortunately, the global pandemic sparking cancellations of large public gatherings makes it impossible for our business to continue. Our exhibitors have not done a show since early March and are not signing up for future shows due to the uncertainty of when or if shows will be allowed to operate.  With no cash flow coming in, even a well-managed company cannot survive indefinitely. Sadly, today we must announce that Sugarloaf Craft Festivals will close.

Thank you for your years of support. We will miss you all.

With love,

Sugarloaf Craft Festivals


Thank you. Sending virtual hugs!

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