DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. -- Encouraging residents to think "locally" when they shop or dine is the focus of the upcoming Dutchess County Chamber's "Think Local First Expo," during the Dutchess County Fair in Rhinebeck this August.
The chamber currently is recruiting vendors to take part in the event, which is from Aug. 23-28. Vendors will have the opportunity to have a booth for one day or up to three days.
Registrations will be accepted through July 1.
The expo provides small businesses an affordable way to promote their services in one of the fair’s heavily trafficked pavilions.
Booth rentals for Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday are $275 per day, Friday reservations are $300 and Saturday and Sunday are $350 per day. Exhibitors also must pay a $150 refundable deposit that will be returned within five business days of the fair if vendor rules and regulations are followed.
Set-up at the expo will be from 6-9 a.m., and booths must be staffed from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. each day. At least two people are recommended to oversee the booths. Booths cannot be left unattended at any time and booth areas must be clean when vacated.
Vendors can sell at the expo, take orders and offer samples of 2 ounces or less. Only pre-packaged food can be sold; no prepared food distribution is allowed.
Booth prices include four daily vendor-only passes, booth, table, two chairs and one electrical outlet. Table cloths and lighting are not provided; exhibitors are advised to provide their own lights. Additional vendor-only fair passes are available for $6 each with a limit of two tickets.
Exhibitors will be listed on the Think Local First Consumer Expo website with links to their company websites. For more details, visit dcrcoc.org/consumerexpo .