Speciality Arts & Crafts Application

Deadline: Sep 15, 2022 11:59 pm (GMT-04:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Date: Nov 05, 2022 10:00 am - Nov 06, 2022 5:00 pm
Wilson, North Carolina

About the event

This is the 18th year of the annual North Carolina Whirligig Festival. The event started as a way to celebrate what was unique to Wilson, NC - the innovative and whimsical folk art whirligigs created by Vollis Simpson. At the heart of the festival is a park containing 30 of the giant metal structures that spin in the wind. The festival includes home-made arts and crafts, food vendors, non-profit agencies and sponsors. Entertainment is provided on several stages with live music, a free kids zone, a kids performance stage, strolling artists and art demonstrations. More than 50,000 visitors attend over the 2-day festival weekend in historic downtown Wilson. The festival is run by a group of dedicated volunteers and is held each year the first full weekend in November.
North Carolina Whirligig Festival
North Carolina Whirligig Festival
North Carolina Whirligig Festival
North Carolina Whirligig Festival

About the application

Welcome to the North Carolina Whirligig Festival! Browse through our application and let us know if you have any questions.
Specialty Arts & Craft booths are allowed only for vendors selling handmade arts made by someone other than themselves. This exception to the rule is for special situations such as schools setting up a booth for their students, nonprofits supporting underserved populations and faith-based organizations representing foreign cultures.
All items must still be handmade and proceeds must be return to the original artists.
Any vendor with commercially produced items or mass produced items needs to apply under the Commercial Booth application.
Fees: $25 Application + Booth Fee
All vendors pay an $25 application fee. Booth fees vary depending on vending category and size of booth. Booth fee are charged once application is approved
This is an electronic agreement and by applying for the booth, you are validating and approving this agreement electronically.

Terms & Conditions

Refer to the NC Whirligig Festival Vendor Policies and Guidelines.


Application fees $25 Non-refundable There is a $25 non-refundable application fee which is charged upon application.
10x15 ft Arts & Crafts Single Booth space $225 Non-refundable Single booth space is 15 feet wide and 10 feet deep. This is for the use of a 10x10 ft tent. The extra space on the left and right are to provide storage between vendors. Your tent may not extend beyond 10 feet deep - this is set by fire code standards. If you need a wider booth, you may purchase a double or triple space as they are available.
10x30 ft Arts & Crafts Double Booth space $375 Non-refundable The double booth space is 10 ft deep and 30 ft wide. This provided two single booth spaces side-by-side for larger displays. A limited number of double booth spaces are available.
10x45 ft Arts & Crafts Triple Booth space $450 Non-refundable The triple booth space is the largest booth space allowed. The space is 10 ft deep and 45 feet wide. This is 3-single booth spaces side-by-side. We offer a limited number of triple booth spaces.
110 v Electrical Outlet $20 Non-refundable Approximately half of the vendor booth spaces have ONE electrical outlet available. Vendors requesting electricity are strategically placed to provide utilities and a variety of vendors within each block of the festival. Electrical requests will be considered on a first come, first served basis.
Water access $20 Non-refundable Access to water is limited and typically reserved for food vendors. However, requests will be considered on a first come, first served basis. Water access will at a corner fire hydrant. Vendors should bring 100 ft hose to reach booth.

Questions on the application

Business information

  • Business name
  • Legal business name
  • Contact name
  • Address
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Website (Optional)
  • Logo (Optional)

Additional information

  • Have you been a vendor with the Whirligig Festival before?
  • List the other festivals and events in which you have particpated:
  • Please identify the arts/crafts medium category:
  • Please provide a description of the arts and crafts, items for sale and price range.
  • How are the proceeds benefiting the orginial artists?
  • Upload a photo of your Booth Display
  • What is your Facebook/Esty or other internet website address?
  • Insurance
  • NC Sales Tax ID Number
  • I certify that the arts/crafts are not "Buy-Sell" or Production work and completely made by the orginial artists as idenfied previously.
  • Do you want to participate in the Virtual Marketplace after the festival?
  • How did you learn about the NC Whirligig Festival?
  • COVID Guidelines
  • By signing your name, you agree to our terms and conditions.

Picture requirements

  • Minimum pictures required: 5
  • Upload a minimum of 5 photos: (2) of artist handmaking the items and (3 or more) of the arts and craft items that will be for sale in your booth.
Speciality Arts & Crafts Application
Speciality Arts & Crafts Application
NC Whirligig Festival 2022