A tale of two creative cities
Northfield and Winona — each with two liberal arts colleges — look like top bets right now outside of Mayoland for generating the inventive energy and technical savvy that spell success in the 21st century. Both towns sport historically rich downtowns, which provide the inexpensive, interesting space that many start-up businesses favor. Northfield’s is postcard perfect while Winona’s rough-around-the-edges feel might inspire creativity in young entrepreneurs. Street life exists in both places, with an assortment of shops, cafés and bars to suit most young people’s tastes.
Both towns also punch way above their weight when it comes to arts. Northfield welcomes artists and artisans to show their work on the Riverwalk Market Fair, creating a premier art venue each Saturday June to October. The Northfield Arts Guild presents art shows, dance performances, classes and stage productions in two historic downtown venues.
Paid Position: Crew members to set up & tear down tents
Great pay! Short hours. No experience necessary.
Join the team that makes our Saturday markets possible (June through October).
Crew members lift up to 70 lbs., are dependable, and enjoy working on a two-person team. Select the schedule that works for you. We are filling slots now!
Interested? or know someone who might be?
Please contact: Manager@riverwalkmarketfair.org
Be a volunteer at our welcome booth
We are looking for volunteers for our Information Booth. No experience necessary. The position includes greeting visitors and selling posters and bags. Hours: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Pick one Saturday or several, between June 7 and October 17 (except DJJD weekend). Interested? Please contact:
Gerie (RMF Board Member & fused glass artist) at email@example.com.
(Photo by Maryrose Gondeck)
Vendor applications available now!
Apply early to get your preferred dates!
We are already full on June 6 and June 13!
Space is limited to 30 vendors per Saturday.
Artists, farmers, and food artisans who reside within a 50 mile radius of Northfield are given priority. To find all the information you need to participate, click on the “Be a Vendor” tab at the top of this page.
We support vendors just starting out.
Our mission is to help entrepreneurs grow their business. To make it easier for entrepreneurs who have never been a vendor at Riverwalk Market Fair (or anywhere else,) we are happy to waive the usual vendor application fee ($20) for the first year.
Vendor product categories.
Art (all media), fine craft (wood, leather, glass, jewelry, etc), fiber (all media), artisan foods (breads, pastries, cheeses, food trucks, etc.) farm-to-table products (vegetables, herbs, fruits, eggs, meats, etc.) If your product isn’t listed, and you think it may qualify, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: RMF requires all products to be produced by the vendors. We do not accept any imported or mass-manufactured products
2014 vendor sales totaled $151,275
A 6% increase over 2013 sales
2014 by the numbers
- Total number of juried vendors: 57
Art fair vendors: 32
Farmers and food artisan vendors: 17
Youth vendors: 8
- Total number of RMF Saturdays: 20
Average # vendors/week: 23
(Ranging from 17-30 vendors per week)
- Average weekly sales/booth: $334
Artist Avg weekly sales/booth: $208
Farm/food Avg weekly sales/booth: $554
- Median weekly sales/booth: $250
Artist median weekly sales/booth: $170
Farm/food median weekly sales/booth: $325
See you at opening day June 6!
Riverwalk Market Fair will again be open 19 Saturdays from June 6 through October 17, 9 AM to 1 PM, rain or shine.
(Except Defeat of Jesse James Saturday, September 12)