Mule Camp Vendor Rules & Instructions

The wide variety of vendors like you who participate make Mule Camp the memorable community event that draws tens of thousands to downtown Gainesville each year.  The instructions and rules below will help you understand how to apply for spaces and help us put on an amazing event.

  • Schedule

    Deadline for Entries before late fee is assessed: September 13, 2024

    Vendor Set-up:

    Thursday, October 10th, 2024

    Check-in will begin at 5:30pm

    Early arrivals will have to wait until volunteers are ready to begin processing vendors to set up. There will be no early setup in 2024.

    *Vendors cannot set up after 9am Friday, October 11th due to police traffic and safety controls.

    Festival Open to Public:

    Friday, October 11th & Saturday, October 12th 10am- 8pm

    Free Concert Starting at 2pm on Saturday

    Sunday, October 13th 12pm – 5pm

    Vendor Breakdown:

    Sun. Oct. 13th 5pm

    *Early vehicle access for loading and departure not allowed due to police traffic and safety controls.

  • Instructions

    Vendor Registration & Information:

    Registration for Mule Camp 2024 will open March 11th. We are no longer accepting mail-in applications.

    Booth Spaces:

    Vendor spaces, except for food court spaces, are approximately 11′ wide by 10′ deep. You may apply for multiple spaces. There are no guarantees on the location of booths. We may have to change your space as needed during the festival. Generally, spaces are assigned and changes made based on seniority, to promote competition, and to facilitate public convenience. All entrants should bring their own displays, tables, chairs, tents, etc.


    You are responsible for collecting and reporting Georgia Sales Tax (7%) on all sales, if applicable.


    Limited electricity will be available for $125 per outlet but is not guaranteed. Vendors are limited to 1 drop per vendor and you must supply your own 100′ 12 gauge drop cord (120-volt 15 amp only). Power along all sections of the festival is shared over several circuits and vendors will be limited to a maximum of 3.5 amps draw. Overloading circuits may require you to reduce your load capacity you are drawing from the circuit. If you need more power than what we can provide you with these shared access points, it is highly recommended you plan to bring your own power supply in the form of generators.

    Starting in 2024, we will no longer be providing power to food vendors, due to the high amperage requirements of each vendor. Commercial food vendors are responsible for providing their own power.

    Vendors with heat presses and other high draw appliances will need to provide their own power.

    Non-profit Groups:

    Applications must be submitted by an officer or director of your group. Unless you have been a vendor in a prior year, you must submit proof of your non-profit status from the Secretary of State.

    Commercial Food Vendors:

    All commercial food vendors must submit with their applications 1) a menu; and 2) certificate of insurance. You also must have a fire extinguisher in each booth.


    The festival is a family oriented celebration of Appalachian folk art. Mule Camp directors have the exclusive right to interpret the festival rules and to require you to remove unacceptable material / activity that does not comply with the theme and to forfeit future participation.

  • Rules

    • Mule Camp Market makes final interpretation of all rules.
    • No refunds will be given if you do not show, must cancel, or are removed for any reason. In the event of unforeseen circumstances, the festival may be terminated at the discretion of the Mule Camp directors or government officials.
    • No refunds for bad weather.
    • No guarantees on booth location.
    • No soliciting or displays outside your vendor space.
    • You must keep your area clean during and after the festival.
    • No driving to your booth during the festival without permission from police or a Mule Camp director.
    • No manufactured products, kit jewelry, production clothing, art supplies, or any other bought-for-resale or non-homemade item may be sold.
    • No sound equipment (such as speakers, stereos, or instruments) are allowed.
    • No alcoholic beverages.
    • No food or drink sold by a non-food vendor except with prior written permission of a Mule Camp director.
    • No paintings reproduced from the works of masters, from advertisements, or from widely circulated photographs or offset prints.
    • No dealer or agent may stand in proxy for artists.
    • Applicants are responsible for collecting and reporting 7% Georgia sales tax information.
    • No materials or activity that detracts from the theme of the festival.

Vendor Registration & Information

Beginning in 2023, we no longer accept mail-in paper applications.

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