Festival Policies

Festival Policies

The LARAC Festival Policies and Guidelines are strictly enforced.

Eligibility
The LARAC Festivals are open to all artists and craftspeople with no geographic or membership restrictions.

Jurying
Jurying for both the June and Fall festivals is done by panels of experts from each category who see only exhibitors’ CDs. LARAC staff will sit in with jurors and provide additional information from the application.

  • Only one category may be selected by an artist or craftsperson per application.
  • Jurying is blind and the identity of jurors will not be known outside the Special Events Committee.
  • Jurying as to quality of work is done based on the photos on the CD’s submitted by the applicant. (Quality of the photos and accuracy in representation of the work is the responsibility of the applicant.)
  • Work presented for jurying must represent at least 80 percent of the work to be displayed and/or sold at the Festival

Late Application Fee
Applications placed and received AFTER the Postmark deadline will be assessed an additional $15 handling fee.

Notification of Participation in LARAC Festivals
Notification of participation in LARAC 2015 June Festival will be made by March 31, 2016.
Notification of participation in LARAC 2015 Fall Festival will be made by September 5, 2016.

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellations after the final cancellation date, whether cancelled by the vendor, or by LARAC in the event of booth non-payment, do not receive any refund of any kind.

    SPRING Booth Final Cancellation Date:     MAY 9, 2016

    FALL Booth Final Cancellation Date:     OCTOBER 10, 2016

  • If an exhibitor is absent from a show without notifying LARAC of an emergency, a refund will not be made and the exhibitor loses eligibility for the next year’s show

Tax Identification Required on Application
All exhibitors must have a New York State Sales Tax number clearly visible in their booth and collect 7% NYS Sales Tax. For a vendor application, contact NYS Dept of Taxation & Finance–Sales Tax Unit, WA Harriman Campus, Albany, NY 12227-0155; calls within NYS: 800-225-5829; calls outside NYS: 518-485-6800. Or log onto www.nys-permits.org.

Artist on Site
LARAC requires the artist/craftsperson who actually created the work to be on site at all festivals. No agents, dealers, or representatives may attend in place of the artist. Photo ID may be required to assure compliance with this policy. Commercial studios involved in volume production are not eligible for participation.

Standards
1. All work displayed for sale must be of the artist’s original design and handcrafted/executed by the artist/exhibitor.
2. Work should demonstrate skill and mastery of the medium.
3. Traditional crafts should be historically accurate and well executed.
4. Reproductions of original work must involve hand work or direct supervision by the artist.

The following are NOT ACCEPTABLE

  • Direct Buy/Resell items
  • Imported or manufactured goods
  • Decoupage on commercially manufactured items
  • Embellished items (must be entirely handmade)
  • Objects from commercial kits, molds, or patterns
  • No plain flat table displays; tiers/shelves are required on tables

Non-screened Work
Art or craft not included in the original jurying and is brought to the show must be of the same caliber and quality as the work that was juried. LARAC reserves the right to remove any work not consistent with the juried work.
Exhibitors attempting to sell items not juried in will be asked to remove the items.
Exhibitors who do not comply will be asked to break down and leave the show.

Application Process
1. Only those applications that are complete and have application fees with them will be processed.
2. Incomplete applications will only delay your processing time during which your category may fill up.
3. Signature of the applicant is required on application as proof the applicant is aware of LARAC Festival Policies and Rules and will abide by them.
4. CD’s or photos submitted with application for jurying must clearly represent 80 percent of the work the applicant will display and must be no more than two (2) years old.
5. Information as to the status of applications or who is accepted to which shows will not be given out prior to notices in the mail.
6. Questions about the applications should be directed to the Festival Coordinator who can be reached at the LARAC offices (518-798-1144, ext. 2 festivals@larac.org)

Selection of Exhibitors
• Selection of exhibitors is based on the combination score of (a) originality (b) craftsmanship (c) compatibility with the show.
• The number of accepted applicants from each category will be determined through a formula based on the number of applicants to each category, quality of work, and balance of the show by category.

‘Husband and Wife’ Teams
If a team have separate crafts and wish to share a booth, they may do so ONLY under these provisions:
1. Each must submit an application and application fee.
2. Each will be juried separately and only upon each being accepted will they be allowed to share a booth.

Inquiries from Exhibitors

All information about applications, sites, etc. will be addressed to the Festival Coordinator.

Booth Sizes
June Festival: (width x depth) 10 x 10 and 20 x 10 feet. Booth fees are based on different sizes. They are reviewed annually and historically increase every three years.
November Festival: 10 x 10 Booth (Tarps, Tents, Sidewalk Display Framework)– The exhibitor’s entire booth and exhibit must fit within the booth site measurements. If the exhibitor plans to use a tarp, tent or any type of structure, all supports for that structure must fit within the site area. Total display area must be within the allocated booth site size. Exhibition of work should not cause traffic problems that will infringe on neighboring exhibitors (i.e., side displays which cause customers to step into the neighbor’s area.)

Booth Fees

  • Are set by the Special Events Committee with the approval of the Board of Directors.
  • Booth fees must be post marked not later than the date noted in acceptance letter or hand delivered to the LARAC office not later than the close of business on that date. THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS

Identification

  • All exhibitors must clearly display their booth numbers given to them in a packet at the show.
  • All exhibitors must wear the LARAC Festival ID Pin given to them in the packet at the show.
  • All exhibitors must have a NYS Sales Tax number clearly visible in their booth and collect 7 % NYS Sales

Tax. For a vendor application, contact NYS Dept of Taxation & Finance–Sales Tax Unit, WA Harriman Campus, Albany, NY 12227-0155; calls within NYS: 800-225-5829; calls outside NYS: 518-485-6800 or log onto www.nys-permits.org.

Parking
FALL FESTIVAL
TBD
JUNE FESTIVAL
2016 Exhibitors will be notified about the parking situation at a later date.

Food
FALL FESTIVAL
TBD
JUNE FESTIVAL
Most food concessions are operated by non-profit Member Groups of LARAC. Any exceptions are at the sole discretion of LARAC and will not include a competitive food item of that which is offered by any non-profit group.

Breakdown And Departure From Festivals
All exhibitors are required to remain at their booths, with booths intact, until the advertised time of the shows’ closings (For the June Festival, breakdown is 5 pm on Sunday; for the Falls Festival, breakdown is 4 pm on Sun.) Exhibitors will make themselves available and leave their merchandise on view for sale until the close of the show.

Alcohol and Drugs
NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES OR ILLEGAL DRUGS MAY BE BROUGHT TO THE SITE OF ANY LARAC FESTIVAL.

Pets
Animals are NOT recommended at any LARAC Festival.

Common Courtesy and Respect
LARAC will deal honestly and courteously with exhibitors. It is expected that exhibitors will also deal honestly and courteously with LARAC personnel, other exhibitors and with the public attending. Any use of obscene language and/or abusive behavior will cause the exhibitor to be removed from the show and may limit his/her ability to attend future shows for which they may have all ready be accepted. Abusive and nuisance behavior may also result in non-consideration of future applications.

Non-Compliance with Policies and Rules
Any exhibitor found to be in violation of LARAC Festival Policies or Rules will be asked to immediately make necessary adjustments. If this is not done, the exhibitor will be asked to leave the show without refund of fees and may be barred from participation on future shows at the discretion of the Special Events Committee.