Front Porch Fest organizers accepting vendor applications for May 18 event
BY DEBBIE PAGE
Troutman Chair Company’s 5th Annual Front Porch Fest will be Saturday, May 18, at its new location at the the Iredell County Fairgrounds.
Troutman Parks and Recreation Coordinator Emily Watson said the focus of the event will be promoting downtown businesses. Jeremy Shaw will serve as master of ceremonies.
To create a hometown feel on the midway, Troutman Chair Company has built large farm tables where folks can eat. The company is also providing rockers for attendees to sit in and enjoy the entertainment scheduled throughout the day.
Watson said the decision to move the town celebration from Main and Wagner Streets was made for several reasons. Parking became an issue as the festival grew, and some downtown businesses closed because customers could not access them.
Traffic concerns also were a factor. Large trucks, detoured onto Eastway Drive around the festival, damaged signs along the road.
The new fairgrounds location will provide a level playing field for all vendors to get good crowd access, and the extensive parking areas will allow easier event access for all.
Watson is calling all vendors, crafters, artisans, businesses, non-profits, to sign up for a space to sell their wares or promote their business or organization by May 3. Applications are available at http://tinyurl.com/frontporchfest.
Booths are $75 for for-profit entities ($100 after May 3 deadline). Foe non-profits, the cost is $25 per space (late registration - $35). No vendor will be allowed to set up unless payment has been received.
Please be aware that Troutman Chair Company Front Porch Fest is looking for a variety of arts and crafts, and priority will be given to these vendors. All craft vendors must send a color photograph of the products being sold or a photo of the booth itself.
The festival steering committee will screen all applications using these photographs as reference. The committee reserves the right to select exhibitors through this process.
No yard sale/flea market type items allowed. Business promotional items cannot compete with any food vendors.
The event, which will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., will feature live music, a free kids zone, delicious food, beer and wine, and fun for the whole family.
JJ Hipps and the Hideaway will perform from 10 a.m. to noon. This three-piece electric blues band out of Lenoir has a rock steady rhythm and blues section with sonic influences from Stevie Ray Vaughan, Freddie King, and Elvis.
Troutman’s hometown band, 3rd Creek Bluegrass will be performing from 12 to 2:30 p.m. Local songstress Karla Kincaid will perform pop tunes from 2:30 to 5 p.m.
In the Kids Zone area, Iredell Charter School’s chorus and band will perform. SIHS Viking Voices, Acrofitness, and Tilley’s Dance Studio students will also display their talents. The trackless train will also be making the rounds through the midway.
Food options include Tony’s Tacos, Wilson’s Weinie Wagon, Southern Treats and Full Belly Deli, Hillbilly Phillly, Tastee Ice, and Old Towne Sweets.
Watson also thanked other sponsors for the event, including Main Stage sponsor Finley Chiropractic, Kids Zone sponsor Mooresville Pediatric Dentistry, and supporting sponsors Piedmont Dental Associates (Troutman location), Puriti Labs, Royal Properties of the Carolinas, Sovereign Investment Group, Greater Statesville Chamber, and Smith Douglas Homes.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Contact Watson at 704-528-7600 or email her at email@example.com with any questions.