Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I need to fill out an application online?
Yes. Applications are available only online.
If I was a vendor at the OC Fair last year or in the past do I need to submit an application?
Yes. Everyone must reapply each year.
If I submit my application early, will I have a better chance of being accepted as a vendor?
Not necessarily. It is not first-come, first-serve for submitting applications. All applications will be considered using the selection criteria and held on file until the Fair is fully booked.
If I have more than one stand or location that I would like to apply for, do I need to complete a separate application or pay another application fee?
No. Only one application and application fee are necessary. When completing the application, there is a space that asks for information about additional stands or locations. Location choices are inside, outside or either. If chosen, the Fair determines placement.
Can I use a friend or family member’s computer to submit my application?
Yes. You can use any computer that has access to the Internet. However, you must have your own email address, as it it will be required for logging into your account for updates on your application. The application process times out after 15 minutes, so please have all your information and a credit card available before starting the application. Once completed, the application is inaccessible for security reasons. If you want to retain a copy, print each page as it is completed before advancing in the application process.
I have submitted my application, now what do I do?
You will receive a payment confirmation immediately which is proof of application submission and that your application has been entered into our system. Your payment confirmation also serves as a receipt of the date and time your application was submitted. Please print this confirmation for your records.
The following are the various stages an application will go through. You will only be notified if your application is approved or space becomes available.
- Submitted/Received – Payment confirmation showing your credit card has been charged after successful submission of your application.
- In Review – Your application is now being reviewed by the OC Fair based upon the established selection criteria. The review process takes several months, so please be patient. Do not call for status; information will not be given over the phone.
- Declined – Your application was declined based upon the selection criteria. Your application will remain on file for consideration should space become available. Notification of available space could be as late as the opening day of the Fair so if you have committed to another venue or cannot set up within a short amount of time, we understand. This will not affect consideration for future applications.
Is the application fee refundable if I am not accepted?
No. Sorry, your application fee is non-refundable.
Is the application fee a deposit towards my rent if my application is approved?
No. Sorry, your application fee only goes toward your application. Fees for rent and other items are separate from the application fee.
Does my application or fee carry over to be considered as a participant in future OC Fairs?
No. Your application and fee are only applicable for consideration for the current Fair. Everyone must reapply each year.
Why is it important to enter the credit card billing information “exactly” as it appears on my monthly statement?
The address where your bill is mailed to is your billing address. Failure to accurately enter this information may result in your application not submitting successfully.
Can I use a debit card?
Yes. Debit cards with the Visa or MasterCard logos may be used. Please note, a temporary hold of 5-7 days may be placed on your application fee payment by your financial institution. If payment is delayed, your application may not process/submit.
I have more questions. What do I do?
The best way to get answers to your questions is to email the OC Fair at firstname.lastname@example.org.