VENDING

Vending at the Fair

There are several opportunities to be a vendor at the Fair events, each with their own characteristics and requirements. If you’re not sure whether a specific vendor opportunity is right for you, contact us at the office, 907-766-2476 or amanda@seakfair.org to learn more.

Fair Food vendors are either in one of the food booths at our food court, or in at-large booths around the grounds. The Southeast Alaska State Fair prides itself in being a place for amazing, high quality, can’t-find-it-anywhere-else Fair Food. Because of this, we must approve the menus of all food vendors, and we have a non-compete clause to assure that our attendees get the best variety possible.

Our fee structure for Food Vending requires a small up-front booth rental payment, followed by 10% of your gross booth income during the Fair. This must be paid in full by the Friday following the Fair.

Weather a merchandise booth, an information booth, or a booth for demonstration, The Fair has many options to offer you, at varying price points.

C Booths – C for “closing”.  The C booths are enclosed rooms that open on the front, and can be closed and locked at night.  they have electricity and a light.

H Booths – H is for “Hall”. These booths run along theside of Harriett Hall, our Exhibit Hall during the Fair.  H Booths are approx 9 feet wide, 10 feet deep & 8 feet tall. Each booth has a 2-plug electric outlet. Walls, interior space, and booth closure are constructed by the vendor – vendors use plywood or sections of lumber with fabric to create an attractive space. The local utility company offers a hotspot at the fairgrounds providing WIFI for purchase, if desired. A limited number of tables are available on a first come, first serve basis.

B Booths: B is for “Barn” – the B Booths run along the wall of McPherson Barn, and are much like the H Booths, except that they are approx 9 feet wide, 8 feet deep & 8 feet tall.

A Booths: A is for “At Large” – A Booths are scattered around the grounds and are 10×10 tent spaces.  Most run between the fair entrance and the Park Stage, capturing the attendees’ attention when they first arrive at the Fair!

Beerfest food Vendors offer the best quality “Fair Food” in a fun and very fast-paced environment. There are only a few competitive spaces available each year, and we hold out for the highest standards of quality, both in food offering and in service. There is no right of return for a Beerfest Food Vendor, and applicants are chosen solely on the merit of their menu and application each year

To apply to be a Beerfest food vendor, fill out the regular vendor application, making sure to click the Beerfest option. The deadline to apply is April 15, 2022.

The Brewers and Distributors at the Great Alaska Craft Beer & Home Brew Festival are our biggest VIPs!  If you would like to represent your company at Beerfest, contact Amanda at 907-766-2476 or amanda@seakfair.org
Vendors

How To Apply

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STEP 1

Choose Your Booth

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STEP 2

Apply

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STEP 3

Policies & Contract 

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STEP 4

Pay for your booth

STEP 5:

JOIN THE FUN!

Check out the Vendor Map to see the booth locations. Let us know your first, second, and third choices for booth locations in the application. Returning Vendors get right of return to their former booths, so long as they otherwise remain in good standing.

Fill out the Vendor Application Form and submit. We will let you know if your application is approved and you have been assigned a booth within 14 days of the deadline to apply. If you have any questions, reach out to us at 907-766-2476 or amanda@seakfair.org

Once your application is approved, We will send you a copy of the Policies and Contract. PLEASE READ THIS VERY CAREFULLY. You are expected to comply with these policies, in their entirety. Once you have read and signed the contract, send it back to us.

Once we have recieved your signed Policies and Contract documents, we will issue you an invoice for your space. A deposit is required within 30 days of the date of the invoice for your booth to be held, and the booth must be paid in full before the event.

STEP 5:

JOIN THE FUN!

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SEAK Fair Vending
Frequently Asked Questions
The Southeast Alaska State Fair Showcases our unique way of life with a variety of showcases and contests that help us celebrate what makes us who we are.  From our Logging Show, to the Fishermen’s Rodeo, to the Wearable Art Review – there’s something for everyone in our communties to take part in!
Deadlines

Deadlines vary per event and vendor type.

All Beerfest Food Vendors: April 15, 2022

All returning Fair vendors: March 15, 2022 to be given preference to return to your previous booth. Returning vendors must be in good standing for preferential return. Returning vendors who do not apply by the deadline forfeit preference of return.

Fair Food Vending

Fair Food is consistently named by Fairgoers as one of their favorite parts of the Southeast Alaska State Fair. The Fair’s food court offers amazing quality and variety of Fair Cuisine.

We experience a high volume of Food Vendor applications each year, with only 20 concessions available. The demand for Southeast Alaska State Fair food vendor concessions, coupled with our commitment to keep the quality of Fair Food top-notch, means becoming a food vendor at the Fair is a competitive process. Application does not guarantee award of a food concession.

Selection criteria for new Food Vendors includes applicant experience; quality, viability, and value of menu; and date of application.

Because the Fair is a relatively small event, we have a non-compete clause on Food Vendor menu items. If your application is selected for consideration, we may be in touch to ask for menu amendments if you are proposing food items that are already being offered.

We have 16 full-service booths in the food court, and permit up to 5 mobile concessions (food truck or 10×10 canopy) some limitations apply.

Food Trucks

We can accommodate a limited number of Food Trucks or mobile booths on the Fairgrounds, but we’ll need to talk with you about dimensions and utility requirements.

Location of Food Trucks or other mobile booths will be determined by Fair staff based on a variety of factors, on a case by case basis.

Non Food Vending

Our Non-Food Vendors showcase everything from beautiful arts and crafts; to clothing, jewelry and personal care products;  to education about the work of specific businesses and non-profit organizations; to government outreach for key programs; to political causes and candidates; and so much more.

The Southeast Alaska State Fair is a vibrant marketplace for shopping and education. The Southeast Alaska State Fair a great venue to show and sell your wares, and to share your ideas, products, and information with a diverse audience!

Booth Types Available:

C Booths – C for “closing”.  The C booths are enclosed rooms that open on the front, and can be closed and locked at night.  they have electricity and a light.

H Booths – H is for “Hall”. These booths run along theside of Harriett Hall, our Exhibit Hall during the Fair.  H Booths are approx 9 feet wide, 10 feet deep & 8 feet tall. Each booth has a 2-plug electric outlet. Walls, interior space, and booth closure are constructed by the vendor – vendors use plywood or sections of lumber with fabric to create an attractive space. The local utility company offers a hotspot at the fairgrounds providing WIFI for purchase, if desired. A limited number of tables are available on a first come, first serve basis.

B Booths: B is for “Barn” – the B Booths run along the wall of McPherson Barn, and are much like the H Booths, except that they are approx 9 feet wide, 8 feet deep & 8 feet tall.

A Booths: A is for “At Large” – A Booths are scattered around the grounds and are 10×10 tent spaces.  Most run between the fair entrance and the Park Stage, capturing the attendees’ attention when they first arrive at the Fair!

Table Vending

Currently, Table Vending is not available for the 2022 Fair due to an abundance of caution with our Covid Protocols.

please feel free to contact Amanda at the Fair office at 907-766-2476 or amanda@seakfair.org to discuss accommodation of your vending needs.

Vendor Policies

The vendor policies are currently under their annual review.  They will be available in January of 2022.

Zero Waste Fair

Beginning in 2016 the Fair partnered with Haines Friends of Recycling and with thanks to the efforts of their volunteer team, we have reduced waste from the Fair by more than 50%! Less than 300 pounds of garbage went to the dump in 2019; the rest was recycled or turned into compost.

Vendors are integral to this effort, and it is the Fair’s policy that all serviceware provided to the public – across the entire Fairgrounds during the event –  can be recycled or composted. Single use plastic merchandise bags are also not allowed on the Fairgrounds.

Recyclable and compostable goods can be purchased online, or through Haines Friends of Recycling. Contact Melissa Aronson at HFR to get the supplies you need: aronson@aptalaska.net

Vendor of the Year

The Southeast Alaska State Fair’s Vendor of the Year program rewards the vendors who personify the best of what the Fair is – excellent presentation, good neighborliness, excellent customer service, and fun! Vendor of the year is chosen by a panel of judges each year and presented at the end of the Fair. One food vendor, and one non-food vendor will be honored each year.