Park Silly Sunday Market is accepting vendor and artist applications
May 8, 2015
The Park Silly Sunday Market, a weekly, ecofriendly, open-air market, street festival and forum where neighbors and friends celebrate Park City, will open in just one month.
That means Michelle McDonald, director of operations and vendor logistics with Park Silly Sunday Market, is currently poring through applications submitted by potential venders, visual artists, culinary artists and nonprofit organizations who would like to be included on at least one of the Sundays.
"Applications are being accepted now and we’ll continue to accept applications throughout the season, based on (space) availability," McDonald told The Park Record. "Artists and organizations can apply for as few or as many Sundays as they would like. And there is no actual closing date deadline. So, if someone applies for a certain date and its sold out, we will let them know of other open possibilities."
Applications can be submitted by visiting http://www.parksillysundaymarket.org .
"We’re about to sell out a couple of June and July dates, but there are more openings at least until July," McDonald said. "At this point, we’re really looking for strictly artisan vendors — visual arts and gourmet foods.
"We want to find more artists who will sell their own hand-made works, including anything from ceramics and textiles to photography and crafts," she said. "We are also accepting applications for our complimentary spaces, which are reserved for local nonprofit and sustainable-issue groups."
This year, the market, which is a nonprofit organization, will run every Sunday from June 7 to Sept. 20.
"There are two Sundays where we won’t have a market," McDonald said. "The first is Aug. 2, which is when the Park City Kimball Arts Festival is going on, and the second is Aug. 9, when the Tour of Utah bike race is held."
There is a mandatory fee of $30 per application, according to McDonald.
"We usually end up with more than 600 applications over the course of the season, so there is a lot of time that goes into reviewing them and making sure the artists and organizations will fit into what we do," she said. "Again, it’s all based on available space."
On average, the Park Silly Sunday Market features 170 vendors on Main Street each Sunday.
"We also have an additional 30 booths for the nonprofits and our farmer’s market," McDonald said.
A major aspect of the market is to expose artists and vendors to the public.
"One past vendor, All About Pallets, works in sustainability and upcycling," McDonald said. "Matt and Bill Willahan are out of [Murray] and make beautiful décor and furniture out of pallets."
Some of their work can be seen at The Cabin on Main Street, according to McDonald.
"The Cabin co-owner Mike Diamond saw Matt at the Silly Market and asked him to build The Cabin’s outdoor booths and tables, as well as his indoor wall set-ups," she said. "We were so happy to help them make that connection, because this is absolutely our goal. We want to help people to test out their vision to see if there is a market for their product and get them some exposure."
Although the Park Silly Sunday Market is an all-green event, McDonald knows it’s hard to find all-green vendors, but she does the best she can.
"We encourage all the vendors to try to be as sustainable and green as possible when they do participate in the market," she said. "For example, our food vendors aren’t allowed to use Styrofoam containers and we ask our other vendors not to use plastic bags."
McDonald also requires vendors to haul out all the trash they acquire during the market.
"We will help them recycle through our zero-waste stations, but they have to haul out their own trash," she said. "We don’t use the Main Street trash cans for vendors’ waste."
Another requirement is for the vendors to bring in and set up their own equipment and displays.
"We begin load-in every Sunday at 7 a.m. and have three hours to get everyone onto the street to unload their art and items, which they all provide entirely themselves," McDonald said. "We open at 10 a.m. and then at 5 p.m. we do the whole thing in reverse."
Park Silly clears Main Street between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.
"The Silly staff is usually on the street until about 8 p.m. to make sure the vendors and our own equipment are cleaned up," McDonald said. "We also do a big clean-up behind ourselves to make sure no trace is left behind."
Applications for Park Silly Sunday Market can be found by visiting http://www.parksillysundaymarket.com.