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Fine Crafters Trails West!® 2014

August 15-17, 2014
"Live, Breathe, Create"

Trails West!® Folk Art
photo courtsey of Drew Brown

Folk Artists Application Call for Folk Artists

Please read through the application and call to artists as some information has changed! NEW: this year the festival opens at 11 a.m. on Sunday morning and is free to the public until 2 p.m.

Call to Folk Artists

Show dates: August 15-17, 2014
Applications must be postmarked by April 17, 2014
Notifications will be mailed on or before June 1, 2014
Refund deadline June 16, 2014

Trails West!® is an outdoor arts festival celebrating the unique cultural heritage of St. Joseph, MO. Now in its 22nd year, the festival features fine arts, folk arts, and crafts.

Selection Process
Folk artists juried into the festival will be located in the Folk Art Area on the west side of the festival. Returning folk artists may select a location preference on the application if turned in by March 17, 2014. Our goal is to present a well-rounded show, but there is no predetermined number or percentage of spaces established for any category. Items in the Folk Art category may include but are not limited to:







Home Décor

Quilting/Needle work





Packaged Food


Cash prizes totaling $250.00 will be awarded.

  • 1st Place $125
  • 2nd Place $75
  • 3rd Place $50

To help insure a profitable festival everyone in northwest Missouri will know about the show through our advertising and publicity campaigns, including many print media buys, weeks of big display ads in the area’s #1 major newspaper, the St. Joseph News-Press, TV and radio announcements targeted to reach our niche audience, and masses of color flyers distributed throughout northwest Missouri.

Entry Information

  •  With your application, include two checks, one for the booth fee, ($150 for 10x10; $300 for 10x20 and $25 additional if requesting electricity) and one for the $15.00 non-refundable jury fee. Those applicants who are not selected by the jury for participation in the show will be refunded the booth fee.

  • Choose one category on the entry form that most closely reflects your work.
  • Submit six digital images for consideration by the jury. Five digital images are to be representative of current work that you will display. The sixth digital image must show the display booth you will use during the festival.
  • Digital Image: Name each image as follows: your last name, number 1-6 (example ware1.jpg, ward2.jpg, etc.). The first five images should be your current work and the sixth, of your booth display. Submit images at 300 dpi on a CD. Images submitted by accepted folk artists will be displayed on the Trails West!® web site.

  • Returning crafters may request 1st, 2nd, and 3rd preferred location. Requests are awarded in order received. To save your spot have your application in by March 17, 2014.
  • Trails West!® will establish a waiting list. Folk Artists on the waiting list may be called if space becomes available.
  • Notification will be sent on or before June 1, 2014. Please do not make phone inquiries.

Festival Specifics

  • Media: All handmade crafts, traditional and contemporary, should focus on the work of the individual. All components of the work must be handcrafted, displaying excellence in concept and technique and the mark of individuality. No imports, kits, items made from kits, unfinished work, items made from elephant or whale ivory, commercial T-Shirts, commercial sweats, or art and craft supplies may be displayed or sold. The festival has the right to request removal of offensive or non-complying objects.
  • Artists and craftsmen must be present to display their own work; proxy exhibitors are not permitted.

  • The work of only one exhibitor may be displayed in each assigned space. A two-person team producing a product may qualify as a single exhibitor, but this arrangement must be explained in detail on the application in the descriptor space provided.

  • The festival grounds are patrolled night and day by private security and the St. Joseph police department. Although care will be taken to avoid hazards to artwork, Trails West!® is not responsible for any loss or damage to displays or exhibited works.
  • Parking will be provided. Additional information will accompany the acceptance letter.
  • Each exhibitor space is 10’ x 10’. Electricity is available for an additional fee of $25.00. Request for electricity must be made at the time of application. No other requests will be honored.
  • Folk Artists must provide their own white canopy, chairs, tables, display screens, etc. and must be contained within the assigned space.
  • Each exhibitor is responsible for collecting Missouri sales tax on all sales.
  • No commissions will be charged for sales. One-hundred percent will go to the folk artist.
  • Trails West!® is an outdoor festival and is held regardless of weather conditions.
  • No pets are allowed on the premises of Civic Center Park.


  • First Baptist Church, 1225 Francis, St. Joseph MO serves as the festival hospitality area. Beverages and light refreshments are available.
  • Volunteers will be available for booth sitting.
  • ATM services are located at: Woody’s Gas Station, 1334 Frederick; Smokerz Outlet, 1601 Frederick; First Bank of Missouri, 602 Edmond; US Bank, 415 Francis; Commerce Bank, 328 Felix.
  • Parking and admission is free to all vendors. Each exhibitor will receive two free passes and a locator map for his/her booth.

Calendar of Important Dates

Monday, March 17, 2014
Deadline to reserve specific booth location for returning vendors

Friday, April 17, 2014
Entry postmark deadline

Monday, June 1, 2014
Notification of acceptance/non-acceptance emailed on or before June 1

Monday, June 16, 2014
Last day to withdraw without forfeiting booth fees

Friday, August 15, 2014
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.                Artist check-in
5:00 p.m.                                  Festival opens
8:00 p.m.                                  Official art selling closes, but artists are free to continue sales if desired
End of main stage concert           Festival closes

Saturday, August 16, 2014
10:00 a.m.                                Festival opens
8:00 p.m.                                  Official art selling closes, but artists are free to continue sales if desired
End of main stage concert           Festival closes

Sunday, August 17, 2014:
11:00 a.m.                                            Festival opens to the public with free admission until 2 p.m. (Please note new opening time)

6:30 or end of main stage concert           Art show closes (Artists may leave if they carry their display and tent off the grounds.)

End of main stage concert                       Festival closes


Incomplete applications will not be accepted. For more information, contact Ashley Jones, Folk Art Liaison at or 816-233-0231.

q  Application completed and signed

q  Hold Harmless release agreement signed

q  Check for booth fee ($25 additional if requesting electricity). Applicants who are not selected by the jury for participation in the show will be refunded the booth fee

q  Separate check (from booth fee) for non-refundable jury fee-$15.00

q  Five digital images of your current artwork ­

q  One image of your display booth

Allied Arts Council
Attn: Ashley Jones
118 S 8th Street
St. Joseph, MO 64501


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118 S 8th, St. Joseph, MO 64501

phone 816-233-0231

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