FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why would I want to be a vendor at the Garden Show?
The Soroptimist Gala Garden Show is the first local garden event of the year. It ushers in the spring. By early March people are anxious to get out into their gardens, and they are open to ideas for improving them. The Gala Garden Show is the perfect place!
Who attends the Garden Show?
People looking for new and interesting plants, new ideas for their garden or landscape; people who like gardening.
Where do people find out about the Garden Show?
Through our Garden Show website: www.sequimgardenshow.com! For over a dozen years the Soroptimist Gala Garden Show has been the third weekend in March. Many people know this, and have it marked on their calendars. We advertise the show on fliers that are dispersed across the peninsula. We have tent cards on tables at restaurants and at the front counters of businesses. We have street banners hanging in Sequim and Port Angeles. There are yard signs and magnetic signs that cover the sides of cars. The local radio station airs an ad starting two weeks prior to the show. The Sequim Gazette publishes a 12-14 page insert that is distributed to key public places a week and a half before the show; it is also distributed in the newspaper the Wednesday prior to the show. We are listed on many websites that have a calendar of events.
Since the show has been going for over a decade, how do you keep people interested in attending?
Each year there are new vendors; new products; new topics for our Speakers’ Series; new raffle items; new featured artist’s artwork raffled.
What is the charge for vendors?
8 x 10 inside space is $135; 10 x 10 inside space is $150; $15 for electricity; 10 x 10 outside space is $125.
How do I know if I’m eligible to be a vendor?
Several years ago it was decided products and services presented at the Soroptimist Gala Garden Show must be 75% garden-related. Vendors that year who did not meet that criteria were grandfathered in. It is now a juried show. For new vendors, sample photos of products or a website link are required when you request an application. Upon review/verification of the photos/website, a vendor application and invitation will be sent. Your request can be sent to email@example.com.
Why are there different rates for booths?
When the Soroptimist Gala Garden Show started in 1999, the size of a booth was 8’ x 10’. Over the years some vendors have desired slightly more space, requesting a 10’ x 10’ booth. Rates are charged according to the size of the booth and whether or not it has electricity.
Why is there a separate charge for electricity in the booth?
The number of booths with electricity is limited. The electricity adds value to the booth space; a nominal fee is now charged for that accessibility.
Last year I sent an email saying I wanted a particular booth space, but I was given a different one. Why didn’t I get the space I wanted?
Vendor registration is not accepted until payment and signed forms are received. Booths are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. We try to give the vendor the booth they request, however, if the booth is no longer available, a different booth is allotted.
When can I set-up?
Set-up is 6:30 – 9:00 pm on Friday or 6:00 – 8:30 am on Saturday. You will not be able to enter before 6:30 pm on Friday. Booths must be open for business by 9:00 am Saturday, or space will be reassigned.
How many people attend the show?
Attendance for Saturday and Sunday is over 2,500. It has steadily increased each year.
What is the cost for admission?
General admission is $5.00 per person for one day.
Am I required to pay for admission?
Each paying vendor receives two free pre-printed name badges per booth space; names of your booth staff must be supplied by February 1. Additional workers would be required to pay the entrance fee of $5.00.
Why is there an entrance fee?
The Gala Garden Show is sponsored by Soroptimist International of Sequim. This is our main fundraiser of the year. Over $19,000 goes out locally in the form of: the Live Your Dream Award; high school scholarships; the Medical Loan Closet (loan out new and used equipment); donations to First Teacher; Rose House (shelter for victims of domestic violence); Sequim Community Aid; Boys and Girls Club – just to name a few. We also contribute to the Mujeres de Maiz Opportunity Foundation, an organization helping women in Chiapas, Mexico, but started by several Sequim women.