2023 Juried Demonstrating Artisan

Deadline: Apr 30, 2023 5:00 pm (GMT-04:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Date: Oct 06, 2023 10:00 am - Oct 08, 2023 5:00 pm
Waterford, Virginia

About the event

Come shop, play, tour and make memories during this 79-year-old tradition -- the Waterford Foundation's "Waterford Fair"! The Fair is the mid-Atlantic's quintessential fall festival with demonstrating fine heritage & contemporary craft artisans, living historians, a juried art show, historic properties tour, local libations, Waterford Craft School talks & workshops, and entertainment for all ages. Located in the National Historic Landmark of Waterford (f. 1733), this unique village is situated in Western Loudoun County, Virginia. Noted as "DC's Wine Country", we are only 50 minutes from the District of Columbia. Tickets go on sale in August. Children (12 & under) & Foundation members FREE! Ticket types: early bird (Fri only), youth, single day, 3-day passes and seniors (over 65). Event proceeds support the preservation and education efforts of the Waterford Foundation, a 501(c)(3). Join the Waterford Foundation at Day/time: 10/6, 10a-5p (9 am early bird shopping Demonstrating Artisans only) 10/7 10a-5p, & 10/8, 10a-5p
Waterford Foundation
Waterford Foundation
Waterford Foundation
Waterford Foundation

About the application

The 79th Annual Waterford Fair, a fall celebration of Americana, has five avenues of participation for artisans and artists: 
                    > Demonstrating Artisans                         > Art Mart Consignor
                    > Old Mill Shop Consignor                       > Dried Flower Barn Consignor
                    > Fine Art Show & Sale
You are currently reviewing the Demonstrating Artisan application. Applications for the other venues listed above can be found on our website: Not sure where you fit in? Contact us, we are happy to talk with you about participating in the Fair.
The Fair is held in the National Historic Landmark village of Waterford. This unique setting gives the 80 juried, heritage and contemporary artisans, accepted as Demonstrating Artisans, a beautiful backdrop to demonstrate, sell their products and cultivate lasting relationships with loyal buyers.
The 15,000+ Fair visitors enjoy strolling the streets of the Landmark, taking in the history of this 18th c. Quaker village, touring historic homes, learning about the Artisans and their work, and purchasing their wares. Fair organizers cater to all artistic preferences and budgets of the attendees. The result is a tasteful selection of high-quality, handmade items juried in eleven (11) media categories.
Founded in 1733, Waterford is situated in western Loudoun County, DC’s wine country. For the past twelve years Loudoun County, Virginia has been name the #1 county in America for the highest median household income. In 2021 income was reported to be $156,821 according to U.S. Census Bureau reports. The second highest rated county, Fairfax, is our easterly neighbor.
The funds raised by the Waterford Fair support the preservation and education efforts of the Waterford Foundation, a 501(c)(3).  Over the years, artisans have come to appreciate the warmth of the “Waterford welcome” and the support they receive from our well-educated and loyal clientele, villagers, and volunteers. Many artisans take advantage of our Homestay Program and stay with local residents, foregoing hotels and the associated expenses.
Registration Fee Early Bird Savings: apply by before 5 pm on March 10 and save $10 (reg. $40)!

Terms & Conditions

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be submitted in writing. Booth fees will be refunded, less a $50 processing fee, if cancelled prior to 5:00 pm on August 31. The booth fee is for exhibit space rental by the artisan ONLY and is not transferable. If the artisan cannot participate, control of the space reverts to the Foundation and refunds are made per stated policy. No refunds are given if inclement weather is experienced during the event. No refunds are given after 8/31/22
Artisan's booth fee payment constitutes an agreement to show and abide by the guidelines outlined within the prospectus & application.
The Waterford Foundation reserves the right to refuse any artisan admission to the event.


Application fees $30 Non-refundable Apply before 5 pm on March 10 to save $10, after which the application fee will be $40.

Questions on the application

Business information

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

Additional information

  • Do you have a co-artist applying with you? If so, what is their name and email address.
  • What are your pronouns?
  • Medium?
  • If you selected Mixed Media/Other above please provide a short description of your work here.
  • Please provide a brief Artisan's statement.
  • Please describe your demonstration here.
  • Please describe your educational activity here.
  • I have read the Demo Artisan Application Prospectus and by applying agree to abide to the rules laid out within.
  • I acknowledge that I will provide liability coverage by September 1.
  • Please provide your top 3 preferences for booth/space by listing the item number.
  • Applicant agrees with the following statement: placement is only secured when the booth/tent fee balance is paid in full.
  • List your tent details here.
  • Homestay request.
  • Table(s) rental?
  • Electricity rental?
  • Apron rental?
  • Badge details?
  • Previous Fair participation?
  • I may be interested in teaching for the Waterford Craft School. Please contact me to discuss.

Picture requirements

  • Minimum pictures required: 6
  • Please include the following images: Four product images representative of they items you will have available for purchase One image of you, the artisan, at work in your studio or make room (for some this may be a workshop, for others the kitchen table) One image of your tent or booth set up
2023 Juried Demonstrating Artisan
2023 Juried Demonstrating Artisan
79th Waterford Fair, A Celebration of Americana