The 2015 schedule of events is being planned currently. To get an idea of what usually happens during BirdFest & Bluegrass, you can check out the 2014 schedule of event on this website. Keep your eyes peeled for the 2015 event schedule to be posted in August of 2015.
In the Ridgefield Community Center and around Davis Park, we host the Birder’s Marketplace, a gathering of artists, craftspeople, and naturalists who celebrate the wildlife and nature in their works. We also have some food vendors to help feed the hungry crowds that gather. Scroll down to learn how to be a vendor at this year’s event.
BirdFest is our local celebration of the return of the Sandhill Cranes to the Refuge and of the natural and cultural wealth of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. There will be events going on in town all weekend: sandhill crane tours, guided nature and bird walks, children’s activities , kayak tours, Chinookan Plankhouse tours, and the Birders’ Marketplace, featuring artists who concentrate on wildlife and/or nature themes. Something for everyone!
Cost is $50 for an indoor space and no commission is taken – this is for an approximate space size of 8′ x 6′. We have a small number of 10′ x10′ spaces, and their cost is $100.
Birdfest attracts 3,000 – 5,000 people annually. We have a lot to celebrate, as this is our 14th annual festival. We expect this show to be extremely well-attended!
Remember: You must fill out the application form and submit it separately.
Set-up: Friday, Oct 3rd from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Saturday, Oct 4th from 6:00 am to 10:00 am
Take-down: Sunday, Oct 5th from 4:20 pm to 5:30 pm
Exhibit Days and Hours
Saturday, October 4th 2014 from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm
Sunday, October 5th 2014 from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm
Vendors are asked to stay and help clean up the Community Center after the show, which includes sweeping the floors, shaking out the rugs and putting back the tables, and chairs to where they were before the show. It should not take long with all of us helping.
ALL Vendors shall conduct business in accordance with all laws and highest standards of business ethics. NO PETS ARE ALLOWED in the community center, except for guide dogs.
Outdoor vendors – please see separate contract and rules.
Jan Haig is Outside Vendor Coordinator. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (360) 798-6508
If you are interested in exhibiting at the Birders’ Marketplace this year, please fill out the indoor vendor’s contract or the outdoor vendor’s contract and return a copy to me as soon as possible, along with a check payable to Friends of the Ridgefield NWR.
You will be assigned a space by the Friends of the Ridgefield NWR. The earlier you submit your contract, the better your chance of obtaining a space. Please call with any questions.
We look forward to working with you!
Market Place Coordinators:
Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge
P.O. Box 1022
Ridgefield, WA 9864