Last year's festival brought a crowd of over 18,000 people, which means our vendors were able to introduce their business or organization to the masses!
To apply to be a vendor at this year's festival, please read the following guidelines and fill out an interest application at the bottom of the page.
For more information, please email email@example.com
Review of all Blue Plum Policies and Procedures
Completion of Online Registration Form
Email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Payment of $25 per space Application Fee (non-refundable, but will be applied to Booth Fee if accepted. If chosen, you will then pay the full vendor fee)
Link to website, social media page or emailed photos of booth setup. You may include a link to your social media accounts as long as they include clear photos of your booth setup and the good sold. If you do not have a social media presence, please submit 3-6 photos representing your work/products, along with a written description of each to email@example.com. Be sure to include your business name in the email.
Booth appearance must adhere to festival standards; well-designed, professional displays are expected.
Please note: Electricity will not be available for the festival.
Arts and Crafts (per 10’x10’ space):
Early Payment of Fee, received by May 1 -- $150
Late Payment of Fee, received May 2 or later -- $225
Non-Profit (per 10’x10’ space):
Early Payment of Fee, received by May 1 -- $75
Late Payment of Fee, received May 2 or later -- $100
$75 additional fee if accepting donations or selling items
Corporate Vendors (per 10’x10’ space):
Early Payment of Fee, received by May 1 -- $500
Late Payment of Fee, received May 2 or later -- $575
Food Vendors – Tent only (per 10’x10’ space):
Early Payment of Fee, received by May 1 -- $300
Late Payment of Fee, received May 2 or later -- $375
Food Vendors – Food Truck/Trailer (per 10’x20’ space):
Early Payment of Fee, received by May 1 -- $400
Late Payment of Fee, received May 2 or later -- $475
Written/emailed notice of cancellation/withdrawal from the 2023 Blue Plum Festival must be received/postmarked by May 8, 2023. No refunds will be available after that date.
Notice of acceptance to the 2023 Blue Plum Festival will be made on or before May 1. When accepted to the festival, you will receive a packet with information for what to expect and plan for before arriving at the festival. Things like where and when to check-in, parking options, city licensing, etc. Be on the lookout for this information. Please note that acceptance is chosen by a jury selection. Be aware that if you are not chosen, you will not receive a refund of your application fee of $25.
All spaces (except food trucks) are 10’ x 10’. You are expected to contain your booth within that area! If you need more space, plan accordingly and purchase additional spaces when applying to the festival. The Blue Plum Festival Committee will assign specific spaces to each accepted vendor. The space will be sold for festival days only. The Blue Plum Festival Committee will allow special requests, but cannot guarantee they will be accommodated. Exhibitors shall not sublet, assign, donate or trade its assigned space.
2023 Blue Plum Festival Hours
Friday June 2, 4pm-10pm
Saturday June 3, 11 am-10pm
Blue Plum Festival is an outdoor festival and will proceed rain or shine. Exhibitors are responsible for their own protection from the elements. All tents must be secured in case of wind with 40-pound weights at each corner. Staking into the ground is not permitted. No wooden structures are allowed.
All booths shall be ready for business one hour prior to festival hours and remain open until at least 5 pm both days. Be prepared to stay late as past years have shown very good traffic in the evening hours. Failure to adhere to operation hours without committee approval will result in an immediate warning and possible exclusion from future festivals.
For the safety of attendees, staff and private property, absolutely no vendor vehicles will be allowed in the festival footprint between 10 am on Friday, June 2 and 11:59 pm Saturday, June 3.
There is no reserved vendor parking lot, and illegal parking can result in towing. A parking map will be provided with your confirmation packet.
All exhibitor activity must be conducted within the assigned space ONLY. Sidewalks must remain unobstructed at all times, per Johnson City Fire Code. Failure to comply will result in immediate warning and possible exclusion from Blue Plum Festivals.
The exhibitor shall comply with all laws, ordinances, rules and regulations of any and all lawful authority, agency or governmental units which apply to the City of Johnson City. The exhibitor agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Blue Plum Festival, the Blue Plum Organization, the City of Johnson City, their officers, directors, representatives, employees and agents for any penalties, fines costs, expenses or damages from participating exhibitor’s failure to comply with such laws.
All committee decisions are final.
The Blue Plum Festival, the Blue Plum Organization, and the City of Johnson City, their officers, directors, representatives, employees and agents are NOT responsible for losses of any kind, whether by fire, theft, physical violence, elements of nature, or any other cause however originating. Exhibitors are responsible for their own security.
For businesses who do not have a current Johnson City business license, the City of Johnson City requires a Special Event Transient Permit. The cost of this permit is $50. Please contact City Hall for information regarding this permit at 423-434-6000. Do not use this number for festival information, only city vendor permits. Mobile Food Vendors (trucks/trailers/tents) must also purchase a 2023 Mobile Food Vendor Permit Application. The cost of this permit is $10.
Health Department Inspections:
All food vendors will have a Health Department Inspection on Friday, June 2. All temporary food establishments must complete and submit this survey at least 14 days before the event:
Food Truck Requirements:
All food trucks/trailers, must adhere to the Johnson City Fire Department Policy found here. Permitting information is at the bottom of the page under the Food Truck Permitting Documents tab.