First Saturdays Vendor

Overview

Ridgefield First Saturdays are themed events from 9 AM to 2 PM on the first Saturday of each month. Each month has its own theme and schedule. Vendors are encouraged to visit the First Saturdays page for more information on each event.

Events are outside at Overlook Park (113 S Main Avenue) from 9 AM to 2 PM unless otherwise noted. Customer admission is free for all events.

Vendor Guidelines

Selection Criteria

It is the intent to provide a mix and variety of vendors to maximize the interests of the vendors and customers. Therefore, vendors who offer duplicate products or services will be minimized. Preference will be given to vendors who fit the theme of the event, and then to regular vendors and vendors who are local to Ridgefield or close in a geographic area. Vendors will be selected who offer a high-quality product, service, or activity.

The City does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, disability, sexual orientation, age, nationality, or other class protected by state or federal law.

Vendor Conduct

First Saturday is a community event and values varied cultures, beliefs, and backgrounds of its vendors and customers. Courtesy, respect, integrity, and professionalism are expected at all times and in all dealings. There is absolutely no smoking allowed at Overlook Park at any time.

Vendor Fees

The vendor fee is $25 per event paid at the time of application. You may submit multiple applications each year, but we cannot accommodate payment plans for multiple events on one application. Non-profits who provide their 501(c)(3) number will not be charged.

Cancellation

If you need to cancel your attendance to an event, email our Events team. Cancellations greater than 30 days prior to the event date qualify for a full refund. Cancellations between 10 and 30 days prior to the event date do not qualify for a refund but can transfer the fee to a future event within that same calendar year (subject to space available). Vendors who cancel less than 10 days prior to the event or no-show will not qualify for a refund or transfer.

Set-Up/Clean-Up

Vendors are expected to be completely set up and open for business no later than 8:45 am and remain set up and open until after 2PM. Set up will begin as early as 7AM the day of unless otherwise noted. City staff will be at the event location to assist you to your spot. Vendors are responsible for keeping their space safe, sanitary, and attractive during the event and for cleaning up thoroughly afterward. Vendors are to stay within their 10'x10' space and not block walkways.

Electrical Service

There is limited electrical space at Overlook Park. Use of electricity must be requested on your application. Staff will assign an outlet to each vendor who is using electricity. Vendors must provide their own electrical cords. Acceptable extension cords will be a 2 or 3-pin plug, 10 or 12-gauge wire, and 50 feet of length or less. Use of any outlet other than the one assigned is not allowed.

Parking

Parking is available at the schools, the gravel parking lot on N Main St across from the Sportsman's, and on side streets. Avoid parking on South Main or in front of businesses. These spaces should be reserved for customers.

Booth Space

Spaces will be assigned with the best interest of the event in mind with consideration taken to ensure the best possible mix/variety of vendors that benefits both vendor and customer experience. Vendors will be notified of their booth space when they arrive for set-up on the day of the event. Vendors are responsible for providing and setting up their canopy, sandbags/weights, tables, chairs, and table coverings. Overlook Park is windy, you will need sandbags or weights for your canopy. Stakes are not allowed.

Sales/Taxes

Vendors are responsible for their own sales transactions and currency.

Insurance

The City's liability insurance covers the event, not individual vendors.