We have heard about a possible craft vendors opportunity during the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park’s Festival of Lights in December. We wanted to tell everyone about it so that you could contact the park’s Gift Shop Manager about setting up a tent in the craft village for the month or even better if you have a cute little “Shop on Wheels” they may let you set up there. We spoke to the previous manager about it when we were volunteering there year before last. They did have two vendors set up on the sidewalk outside the gift shop main entrance last year. This event draws literally thousands and thousands of people from as far away as South Florida and North Georgia every single year.
The one thing that we discussed about being a vendor during the Christmas holidays is that you have to commit to being there the entire three weeks of the event. Granted, you don’t have to be opened every single day and every single hour that the park is opened so you will have to come up with a comfortable schedule. Most of the traffic will be during the evening hours when people are driving through looking at the lights so you will also need to have lights in your tent or shop on wheels. They do have several electrical outlets setup outside all over the park. You can contact the Gift Shop directly for more information. We did not discuss vendor fees though. That you will need to ask about yourself when you call.
The Gift Shop is run mostly by the park’s Citizen’s Support Organization and their website is: http://www.stephenfostercso.org/ When they get a new Gift Shop Manager I will update this post but their phone number is: (386) 397-1920. They do accept consignments from local crafts people so if you would like to try that you just need to fill out the online application and either mail it in (it has to be pre-approved by the Gift Shop Manager) or you can bring it by the park. Generally, there is a $5 fee to get into the park but if you ask nicely and tell the park ranger at the gate that you are just dropping off your application to the gift shop they shouldn’t charge to enter. Of course, if you are going to explore around, maybe visit the museum or walk through the craft village then I would hope you would just pay the $5 per car load entrance fee.
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
11016 Lillian Saunders Drive/ US HWY 41 North
White Springs, FL 32096
The park is open daily from 8am-sundown
Museum, Carillon Tower,
Craft Shop & Cottages are open
January through November 10am-5pm
Below is the information for visitors to the event
Festival Of Lights – 2016 Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
Friday, December 2, 2016 – 5:30pm EST to Saturday, December 24, 2016 – 9:00pm EST
$3.00 per person. Children under 3 Free. Call the park for more info: (386) 397-2733
Holiday celebration features more than five million lights! Named a Top 20 Event in the Southeastern United States, visitors can enjoy award-winning holiday sights and sounds throughout the park. Unique holiday light displays include majestic oak trees decorated with thousands of lights, an antebellum Museum dressed in full holiday splendor, a gingerbread village, a candy cane forest, the North Pole with Santa’s workshop and much more!
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