We also love to be able to bring in select vendors from outside of our regionally-defined area so our attendees can get that up-close, in-person touch and feel of other highly sought-after products.
In 2020, DFW Fiber Fest will be held April 2-5, once again in Irving, TX, at the Irving Convention Center with load-in and Vendor Hall setup being Thursday, April 2. For those of you with attendance questions, last year we had around 900 students and over 3000 attendees through the door over the course of the three days that our Vendor Hall is open to the public. Our Vendor Hall hours are 9-6 on Friday and Saturday and then 10-4 on Sunday.
We seek a variety of vendors in our Vendor Hall. We look for a mix of returning vendors and new vendors. Many of our attendees return year after year and appreciate knowing that some vendors have always been part of the vendor hall and will likely have a booth again in the upcoming event. We also want new vendors who will bring excitement and anticipation of the unknown, as people contemplate what treasures and unique items they will find. We try to hold fast to our roots of introducing some newer hand dyers to our market. If you are just starting out, don’t let that deter you from applying.
Our vendor hall is a source for people who enjoy making, producing and giving all things fiber. We choose vendors who offer tools and materials for our attendees to take with them and use to make finished products. We look for the tried-and-true product lines along with things that are new and innovative. We look for vendors who follow the trends – and get ahead of them. We look for attractive booths that are visually pleasing to our attendees.
We are not your typical "Arts and Crafts Show." You won't find booths full of knitted or crocheted items for purchase. There are a lot of fairs and festivals out there that do cater to that market. We just do not. The completed items people see in our Vendor Hall are generally samples for the attendees to get an idea of what they can do with your product.
We are also not a “Barn Show.” While several of our vendors have farms and ranches and bring products from those ventures, we do not have space or the facilities appropriate for livestock. Besides our human attendees and service animals, our only other live critters are the Silkworms in our Fiberatory.
Finally, DFW Fiber Fest is a community of diverse individuals who compose our staff, teachers, attendees and vendors. We are a family. All of us. Whether you are grandma who started the family or someone who married in yesterday - you are welcome at our event. Liz has said it publicly before: Our hearts wish that our society and community was beyond needing to say this - but we want there to be no question that every person is welcome through our doors and we do not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, height, weight, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations, or marital status. On the same note, we do not and will not tolerate open discrimination of any kind on our Vendor Hall floor. Any reported incidences of discrimination will be dealt with immediately and fairly. If the offending party is a vendor, and the complaint is found to be warranted, penalties will result in immediate removal from the premises and there will be no refund of any vendor fees.
Applications and photographs must be received by August 18, 2019, to be considered by our Jury for our 2020 show. After that date, all applications will be placed on a waitlist for consideration only if space becomes available.
PLEASE be careful with your entries - especially on phone numbers, email addresses and websites. We would never penalize people for misspellings on answers to most questions, but if we cannot see your products or get in touch with you due to mistyped contact information, that would be unfortunate.