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Thank you for your interest in Shipshewana On The Road - Gift, Food and Craft Show. It is easy to become a vendor, just complete the application (pdf file) below. When you submit your application be sure to include a couple of photographs of your merchandise and booth. If you are a returning vendor there is no need to provide additional photographs unless you have changed products. Additionally, if you are a commercial vendor (think home show vendor either not selling or selling a product) be sure to click on the commercial vendor application.
All applications and the health department information can be downloaded using the pdf files below. If you have any questions please read the FAQ section on our website and if that doesn't answer your question please feel free to email or call us.
Additionally, general liability insurance is always good to have in the event someone slips, falls or somehow gets hurt in your booth and the liability falls on you or if they cause damage. More than likely you are a small businesses and having the burden of paying out a claim could be detrimental. It is not required although we strongly suggest that if you don't have general liability insurance you obtain it. You can contact your local insurance representative or ACI Insurance for Retailers. ACI has a one million dollar general liability policy that is simple to get and very competitively priced. It starts at $70 for most non-food vendors and $101 for food vendors and it only takes about 30 minutes. ACI can be reached at 800.678.0062, 520.468.2750, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.insurance4vendors.com. Be sure that any insurance company you decide to purchase is licensed to sell that insurance in the state you are going to conduct business in. JDL Corporation has no affiliation with any insurance providor and is only providing this information to assist our vendors. JDL Corporation accepts no liabiltiy and is not responsable for any insurance you obtain.
Even if you have participated in a SOTR event in the past a new application is necessary for each season.
PLEASE SCROLL DOWN TO VIEW APPLICATIONS - THEY ARE THE PDF FILES LISTED BELOW.
The Vendor Application for the Spring 2018 (Spring shows are between January and April) is not available although the Fall 2017 (Fall shows are between October and December) shows is currently available.
Payment for the requested show(s) is due upon submission of the application. Payment for the initial show requested by vendor is due in full and each additional show requested must include a $50 deposit per booth requested. The booth payments will be returned if you are not accepted into the show(s). Once the applications are received they are normally processed within two weeks. You will receive all coorespondence regarding acceptance into the show(s) requested via US Mail. Please allow time for us to complete this process and do not forget to allow for up to five days for the US Mail to deliver the reply. To make payment as easy as possible for you we accept MasterCard, VISA, American Express, Discover, Money Order, Check and Cash (if payment is made in person).
Return the application to JDL Corporation via any method listed below.
USPS, FedEx, UPS, Etc: JDL Corp, 10740 Three Mile Rd., East Leroy, MI 49051Fax: 269.979.1148E-mail: GregJDLCorp@aol.com
1. What are Shipshewana On the Road shows?
Shipshewana On the Road shows are two day sales where independent vendors offer their products or merchandise for sale to the general public. The shows are held in various venues in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio during the spring and fall. The vendors consist of artisans, crafters, flea market dealers and retail business owners. Many of the vendors set-up at the outdoor market at Shipshewana, IN during the summer months - hence the name of the show. There really is no limit on the type of merchandise for sale, however JDL Corporation decides what merchandise is allowed at the show and seeks to have as much variety as possible. Finished and unfinished pine furniture, handmade crafts, toys, home decor, handmade jewelry, cleaning products, clothing, homemade jams, jellies and cookies, 14kt. gold and sterling silver jewelry are just a few of the products at the shows.
The first Shipshewana On the Road show was held at Battle Creek, MI in November of 1992. Since then, JDL Corporation has produced over 350 shows throughout Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and a few in Illinois.
The average attendance at a Shipshewana On the Road show is 6,000-12,000 people. Some shows are surprises like one of the spring Birch Run, MI shows where the attendance was nearly 18,000. However, it is the nature of the business that nobody really knows what’s going to happen. The weather, the locality, the local economy, the economy in general, politics, and who knows what other factors can have an impact on any particular show.
JDL Corporation believes very strongly that the shows must be advertised. All of the booth rent collected from the vendors is used to rent the facility and to pay for advertising. Therefore, JDL is as dependent on the number of people attending the show as the vendors. Advertising for a show usually starts two weeks before a show. Typically, radio commercials are aired on the top 5-7 radio stations in the region. Display and classified ads are placed in 20-30 area newspapers (both daily and weekly). Television commercials are placed on national network affiliated television station(s). In addition, the Shipshewana On The Road website and most of the facility websites list the shows and general advertising is placed in all of the major arts/crafts and show magazines for the Midwest.
No. However, many of the vendors do all of the shows and quite a few of them have been with the shows since the beginning. Obviously, these vendors are given priority as far as their merchandise and booth location. As many vendors as possible will be brought into a show depending on the number of booths available at a facility and the product category.
6. When is set-up for the Shipshewana On the Road shows?
Set-up for all of the shows is the day prior to the showing opening to the public (normally on Friday) from 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM. If a vendor can not set-up during this time they can set-up Saturday morning from 8 am until the show opens at 9am. However, this is not encouraged and JDL should be aware of the vendor’s intent to set-up Saturday morning.
Show hours are the same for most of our shows: Saturday 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday 10 am to 5 pm Early tear downs are not allowed! If you tear your booth down early you will not be allowed to attend any future Shipshewana On The Road shows.
8. What is the “Booth Framework” listed on the show forms?
It is like a frame for a canopy but without the canopy. JDL provides 8’ tall drape along the back of every booth. Some vendors rent additional pipes and uprights to extend out from the back drape to the front of their booth in order to hang some of their merchandise from these overhead pipes. Most vendors don’t need this.
Yes. Vendors are encouraged to cover and skirt their tables using flame retardant materials. Plain 8’ tables are available for rent at the shows but vendors should pre-order them on their application and in either case the Vendor must supply their own skirting.
After the application is received and the vendor is accepted in a show, a confirmation and receipt for monies received will be sent back to the vendor. This usually takes about a two weeks from receipt to fully process and allow for return. In addition, Vendors the facility address in the materials provided to them and hotel information or any other pertinent information regarding the show is available on our website.