Zimfest 2022 will be held at the Skagit County Fairgrounds in Mount Vernon, Washington from June 24 to June 26. Please read the information below carefully. This information pertains to vendors of merchandise and musical instruments only; food vendors and concessionaires will be dealt with separately.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 28, 2022 (Saturday)
A $25 late fee will be charged for applications received after this date.
Zimfest African Market Criteria
Zimfest is an annual celebration of Zimbabwean music and culture. In keeping with the spirit of this gathering, musical instruments and merchandise offered for sale at Zimfest 2022 should be of Zimbabwean or related African origin.
All vendors and their helpers are subject to the same rules and regulations as other Zimfest participants. This includes compliance with the Zimfest Code of Conduct and proof of up-to-date vaccination for Covid-19, as laid out by the Zimfest Board in the Covid Safety protocols.
The Zimfest Marketplace and Afternoon stage will be located in the Grassy Area just south of Building C. Vehicles may park for unloading and loading of wares in the lots around the perimeters of Buildings A, B, C, D and F (see map). Overnight storage will be in a locked area in Building G (the Pavilion) west of the Marketplace area, following the conclusion of workshops.
Non-registered vendors: Vendors who do not register and pay the fees listed below for a marketplace booth will be charged a 5% commission fee on sales above $500. This rule applies to people selling wares such as new or used instruments on their own, or those sharing booth space with a registered vendor. Note that you will not be charged a fee if your sales are less than $500. Contact for information and/or payment onsite.
Vendor registration: Space in marketplace area, one 6’ table, and two folding chairs and a limited amount of secure indoor storage are included in the vendor registration fee. We have ample space in this location, so there is no need to limit yourself to a 10’x10’ canopy as has been the case in previous venues. Please bring your own table coverings.
- $75 registration fee for each commercial vendor
- $50 registration fee for each non-profit organization (please provide documentation of IRS 501(c)(3) status with application)
- 5% commission on sales above $500. The sales commission will be collected on Sunday afternoon at the end of the festival, so please keep track of your sales on a daily basis. Zimfest relies on the honesty of vendors to accurately report sales and pay accordingly.
- Additional support is available at the following rates:
- Each additional (6-foot) table — $10
- Each additional chair — $2
- Electricity (110 volt) to table — $10
* Please note that Zimfest is no longer providing rented canopies as the rental price increases each year. It is far more economical to purchase your own and bring it with your wares.
Washington State Sales Tax
We are required to inform you that Washington State commercial vendors are responsible for collecting and paying state and local sales taxes (8.8% in Skagit County). A 2018 Washington law holds non-resident temporary vendors at fairs and festivals liable to collect and pay sales taxes as well. Non-profit entities are exempt if their merchandise is sold for fund-raising purposes. Click here for further information and to sign up for a Temporary Vendor Registration Certificate.
Marketplace Dates and Hours
You are welcome to begin setting up your booth on Friday June 24, between 12 and 5 p.m..
|Friday June 24||Marketplace set-up noon – 5:00 PM; no sales|
|Sat June 25||Marketplace is open 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Sun June 26||Marketplace is open 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
Please note: All tables, chairs, and canopies must be returned to Zimfest/Skagit Fairgrounds Storage and the indoor storage area must be emptied by 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, 26 June.
Marketplace Vendor Application
Once you have submitted your application, you will need to return to this page to pay (see below).
Vendor Payments through PayPal
Once you have completed the Vendor Application, you may choose to pay your vendor registration fees through PayPal: