The Crafts and Maine Marketplace areas at Common Ground are the largest commercial areas at the Fair. While similar, in that both feature Maine based enterprises, the requirements for participation in either differ in several ways. The most general distinctions have to do with the scale of the enterprise, the role of the vendor in the enterprise, and the product or service being offered.
The Crafts area is open to individual craftspeople that reside in Maine and who make high-quality work that is original in design and concept.
The Maine Marketplace is open to Maine-based businesses that are creating goods or services in Maine. We do offer a few spaces to non-Maine businesses if their service is unique, not available in Maine and fits with the mission and purpose of MOFGA and Common Ground. But by and large, almost all vendors in the Maine Marketplace have a material presence in Maine.
The determination of who fits where can indeed be subjective, but generally speaking, if the business is built around an artisan who conceives, designs, and creates the finished product, Crafts is likely the right fit; whereas, if the business relies upon a number of employees to manufacture or create the finished product, or a product line that is not original in concept, the Maine Marketplace is probably where we would locate that vendor. If you have any questions, please call or email us at the MOFGA office for assistance.
There are other distinctions between the two areas. Notably, the Crafts area is a juried show with a hard and fast application deadline, but Maine Marketplace, space permitting, may accept applications after the deadline. And, Crafts only offers 10' x 10' booths whereas Maine Marketplace offers booths from 10' x 10' up to 20' x 20'. Otherwise, these two areas share many attributes. For example:
-Booth fees are comparable between the two areas. For example, a 10'x10' booth in either area is priced the same.
-As an organization dedicated to protecting the environment by promoting organic agricultural practices, MOFGA gives preference to vendors that use non-polluting, organic materials and processes whenever possible. These considerations apply to applicants in either area.
-Both areas feature Maine based enterprises.
-Participation in either area is competitive, with not all applicants being accepted.
-Both areas offer spaces under the cover of a large tent or outside where the vendor provides their own booth.
Crafts Area Application
The Deadline for Crafts Applications is Friday, January 31st, 2014.
The 2015 application will be available here in mid-winter.
2014 Crafts Guidelines Packet