The Sierra Club and Alton Main Street, Inc., are seeking local community artists for the 13th Annual Mississippi Earthtones Festival to be held on Saturday, September 21, 2019 on Broadway, between Easton and Langdon Streets. Local artists of all types are needed to fill the grounds with beauty and creativity, while enhancing the festival for visitors through interactive art experiences. Organizers are specifically seeking street artists and makers of products from upcycled and natural materials. The Sierra Club is offering grants up to $200 for five artists to build large art installations throughout the grounds. This year’s theme is Time ~ We're All On River Time!
The MEF is our area’s premier showcase for nature & conservation based groups and eco-friendly businesses. We are also putting the spotlight on local sustainable artists at this environmentally themed event! We will be advertising and generating coverage through regional media, so we expect thousands of people to attend this 13th annual event from Noon-10pm.
You will need to transport and set up your piece the morning of the MEF. Set up is from 10am-11:30am.
Please fill out this form and request to be considered.
WHO ATTENDS: A diverse population of young and old with lot of families who seek GREEN information and fun, while listening to live music by the river! We also draw many who are new to the green movement making the Festival an ideal setting to promote your product or service.
ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY: Vendors are strongly encouraged to offer products and services that are in keeping with the environmental spirit of It’s Our River Day and the Mississippi Earthtones Festival. A. “Green" products: as not to aid any company in "green-washing" their product or service we have come up with these quality control stipulations that your product must encompass one or more of the following:- A product that is bio-degradable, organic, locally-made, or uses all-natural ingredients- A product or service that results in significant energy savings- Handcrafted items using recycled, up-cycled, or reclaimed components - Informational booths relating to water quality issues, native plants & animals, environmental activism
B. Help reduce your environmental impact by minimizing the number of printed materials and by collecting email addresses for future electronic (paperless) promotion
VENDOR LAYOUT - The 2019 Festival will feature zones that better serve both the vendor and the public by grouping vendors and activities together who will depart at the same time.
Zones:Art Zone, Kid Zone, Adult Eco-Zone, Food & Beverage Zone
1. Festival held rain or shine - VENDOR FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE7. Mississippi Earthtones Festival committee reserves the right not to accept vendors that are incompatible with our mission: a full refund will be issued if registration is not accepted8. Vendor slot consists of a 10 x 10 space; no tables, chairs, or tents are provided9. All vendor activities must be confined to allotted space: adjacent booth spaces are available for an additional fee10. ALL TENTS MUST BE SECURED FOR SAFETY REASONS – acceptable methods of weighting your tent include: Sand bags, cinder blocks or water ballasts tied to tent structure11. Each vendor is responsible for his/her booth and all items in it12. Booths must be ready to open by 12pm and remain open until either, 6 or 10pm13. Vendors must comply with the rules & regulations of the City of Alton
Draft Schedule* 10:30am-12pm Booth Set Up11:45pm Alton Fire Dept. inspection12pm Festival Opens12pm Passport stamp collecting commences12:30 Recycled Fashion Contest12:00-10:00pm Live Music 4:30 Conservation Leadership Awards6:00 First tier of vendors/exhibitors can leave10:00 Festival ends; all remaining vendors/exhibitors can leave*subject to change as committee deems necessary