Vendor Information

ROCKPORT FULTON MARKET DAYS 2017
 
Welcome to Rockport Fulton Market Days! In order to have a successful event of this size there are certain 
rules every vendor must adhere to. Please read carefully and ask questions, if necessary. 
 
IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN ROCKPORT FULTON MARKET DAYS, ALL VENDORS AGREE TO THE RULES FOR 
2017 ROCKPORT FULTON MARKET DAYS“RAIN OR SHINE” – We DO NOT cancel or reschedule Market Days
 
Rockport Fulton Market Days reserves the right to remove any vendor, at any time for any violation of the rules set forth in the current year’s rules regarding Rockport Fulton Market Days. 
In consideration of the use of one or more spaces by the undersigned vendor participating in Rockport Fulton Market Days, the vendor agrees to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless Rockport Fulton Market Days, it’s officers, agents, employees, and members from and against all liabilities, claims, suits, or demands for injuries to any person and/or property arising out of the vendor’s participation in such activity. The vendor further agrees to assume all financial responsibility, including but not limited to, damages to property or injuries to persons, arising out of vendor’s participation in Rockport Fulton Market Days. 
NO VENDOR shall sell any illegal item or items that infringe upon registered trademarks. 
 
FEES 
Lot Spaces – 10’ X 10’ = $50 1 day per month, $90 2 day per month.
Lot Spaces reserved annually – 10’ X 10’ will be deiscounted 20%. 
All booth rental fees are an additional $10 if paid the week of Market Days and must be paid at the time of the reservation. Any applications/money turned in on Market Days will be considered a “Drive-Up” and will be charged $60.
Electricity, if needed will be an additional $10 per vendor 
Food vendors are required to contact the Aransas County Environmental Health Department for permits.  These permits must be available at your booth.  
It is the responsibility of the vendor to collect and report sales tax from Rockport Fulton Market Days sales.  ALL DRINK SALES are reserved for the Food Court vendors.
Deadline for canceling and getting a booth fee credit for the next month is 12:00 noon on the Friday 1-week before the show.  No booth credit will be given if canceling after the deadline.  Credits are good for the following month only.
You must provide your own tables, displays, canopies and whatever else you may need to exhibit.  All canopies MUST be staked/weighted properly and securely.  
Public restroom facilities are available for vendor and customer use.  
The vendor retains liability and assumes all risk of loss and/or damage on site or in connection with transportation, display, storage, and sale of merchandise at Rockport Fulton Market Day.
Vendors are responsible for the clean-up of their site before they leave.  Boxes must be broken down before placed in the trash cans.  Items too large for our trash cans must be taken off the grounds by the vendor.
No alcohol (opened) is allowed on the festival grounds or in your space for consumption.  
ANY soliciting outside of your booth space is NOT PERMITTED.
 
RETURNED CHECKS
Any returned checks unpaid for insufficient funds or any reason will be charged $35.00 plus any other applicable fees. 
 
Drive up vendors will be given their site number at check-in, which is 6am-9am.
 
SPACE RESERVATIONS 
Vendors must sell out of their space only. Any soliciting outside of your booth space is not permitted. You may not sublet your space. You may not share your space. All rentals must be handled through Rockport Fulton Market Days. Any vendor who does not respect this rule will be denied vending privileges at future events. 
 
SPACES 
All reserved spaces are measured out from boundary line to boundary line. If there are questions, contact an on-site representative before you SET-UP. If there are problems, you will need to take down and move to the correct area. Please be respectful of your 10’ X 10’ space and those around you. 
 
REGISTRATION
All vendors must complete this application; sign the release, indemnification agreement and rules. You must notify Rockport Fulton Market Days if any of your information changes. Applications, payment of fees and applicable permits must be given to Texas Now BEFORE you set up. 
 
PRODUCT LIMITS 
Fireworks/explosives of any kind shall not be possessed, sold on the lots or used by vendors, this is a County ordinance. 
 
PETS
There are no sales or giveaways of animals in any form at Rockport Fulton Market Days. Pets which accompany you must be caged or on a leash. A box is not considered a cage. You will be responsible for cleaning up after your own pet(s).  At the discretion of Texas Now, an exception may  be given to certified animal shelters and may be allowed to participate at Rockport Fulton Market Days for animal adoption purposes only.
 
KNIVES 
Do NOT sell knives to anyone under the age of 18. If a knife is sold to anyone under 18, instant removal from the market and all future markets will occur.
 
ROCKPORT FULTON MARKET DAY OFFICIALS RESERVE THE RIGHT TO REMOVE ANY ITEM JUDGED UNACCEPTABLE. ROCKPORT FULTON MARKET DAYS RESERVES THE RIGHT TO LIMIT THE NUMBER OF SPACES OF THE SAME PRODUCT. A PHOTOGRAPH OF YOUR ITEMS MUST BE INCLUDED WITH YOUR APPLICATION FOR MARKET DAYS, FOR APPROVAL. NO ALCOHOL (OPENED) IS ALLOWED IN YOUR SPACE FOR CONSUMPTION. ANY SOLICITING OUTSIDE OF YOUR BOOTH SPACE IS NOT PERMITTED 
 
TIME & SET-UP 
We advertise that vendors are doing business between 9am to 4pm Saturday & 11-5 Sunday. Check-in is at 6am-8:30am Saturday. Once you have checked in, you may start setting up your space and must be completely set-up by 9am. TRAILERS: If you are selling out of a trailer, you must be here at 6am. At this time, trailer space is limited. Please call Rockport Fulton Market Days for more information. Your prepaid space will be held until 8am. If you are not in your space by that time or if you have not informed us that you are going to be late, we will assume that you are not coming and will resell your space and you will not be entitled to any refund. All spaces must stay open until 4pm Saturday & 5pm Sunday. (Exceptions: In the extreme heat of the summer months, at the direction of the Market Day Chairman, no vendor will be charged for leaving early). In case of emergency, notify us at 361-463-0125. All space rentals are final and non-refundable. Texas Now does not cancel Market Days or refund any payments. 
 
Please be respectful of other vendors waiting to park and setup for Market Days. Arrive as early as possible, DO NOT SETUP UNTIL A DIRECTOR SPOTS YOU), unload as quickly as possible and move your vehicle immediately. Setup can become a problem without your cooperation. All vehicles MUST be out of the selling area prior to 9am and NO VEHICLES may re-enter the area before 4pm. 
 
ELECTRICITY
Electricity will be offered with a charge of $10 that is payable in addition to your space fee. If payment for electricity is being made the day of the show, it must be paid no later than 10am. Limited electricity is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Electrical outlets are not available to all spaces. You must bring your own heavy-duty extension cord; 100’ to 200’ is sufficient. CORDS ACROSS WALKWAYS MUST BE TAPED DOWN (YOU MUST BRING YOUR OWN TAPE). Do not overload outlets; do not use more than normally used on one household outlet. Coffee pots, heaters or other appliances that pull large a number of amps are not allowed. 
 
Please note: Generators will be considered for Food Trucks only.
 
SALES TAX NUMBERS 
The State Comptroller of Public Accounts requires you to have a sales tax number and to pay sales tax. (The tax rate in Aransas County is currently 8.25 %.) Be sure to include your number on the application and a copy of your permit for our files. If you have any questions about sales tax, call the Texas State Comptroller at 800-252- 5555 or visit their website at www.window.state.tx.us
 
OVERNIGHT CAMPING
Overnight camping is not allowed. Camping is available in local RV parks
 
PARKING 
THERE IS NO RESERVED PARKING FOR MARKET DAYS. ALL HANDICAP PARKING MUST BE OBSERVED. ONLY VEHICLES WITH HANDICAP PERMITS MAY USE THOSE SPACES. 
NO VEHICLES ARE PERMITTED INSIDE THE MARKET AREA AFTER 10AM AND PRIOR TO 4PM. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS. THIS IS A MATTER OF PUBLIC SAFETY.
YOU WILL BE ASKED TO PARK IN DESIGNATED AREAS.
 
RESTROOM FACILITIES 
There are public restrooms on the beach side. 
 
EMERGENCIES 
If you have a problem during the day, contact the Market Days chairman. In case of a dire emergency, please dial 911. 
 
GENERAL INFORMATION
Vendor spaces will be located outdoors and will not be shaded. Please plan accordingly and supply your own tent, tables and chairs. Although electricity is accessible in some areas vendors must supply their own electrical cords, and tape to secure the cords. 
Your entire set-up must fit in the designated space. Commercial/Mobile booths will need to fit inside their designated space. If you need additional space you will need to purchase an additional vendor spot. 
Vendors are responsible for keeping their area clean during the event and will be responsible for clean-up of their spot after the event. Trash barrels are provided. 
This is a family oriented event. Please make sure all persons helping at your booth are acting in a family friendly manner. 
We do not offer exclusivity for any products or services nor do we guarantee you will not be placed near a competitor. 
Any booths needing to restock items will need to walk items to their booth. Cars will not be allowed in the vendor area after designated set-up time. Vendors must be set-up and have all personal vehicles removed from vendor area by 10am. Vendors who are not set-up by the time stated above will lose their spot and forfeit all vendor fees. 
No early break-down is allowed. 
Market Days is not responsible for losses due to inclement weather. 
Debit/Credit Cards, Cash or Money Order or Personal Check (MADE PAYABLE TO ROCKPORT FULTON MARKET DAYS).
Payments can be sent by mail (Rockport Fulton Market Days PO Box 2284, Rockport, Tx 78381) to expidite and insure placement the application can be filled out over the phone (361-463-0125). Vendors are responsible for paying their own sales tax.
 
I HAVE READ ALL THE RULES OF THE TEXAS NOW PUBLISHING FULTON MARKET DAYS ABOVE AND AGREE TO ABIDE BY THEM.
 
VIOLATION OF ANY OF THE FULTON MARKET DAY RULES, ANY PUBLIC CONFRONTATION WITH ANOTHER VENDOR OR REPRESENTATIVE OF ROCKPORT FULTON MARKET DAYS, WILL RESULT IN THE TERMINATION OF YOUR APPLICATION AND AN IMMEDIATE REQUEST TO LEAVE THE PREMISES.
 
Texas Cottage Law
HB 970 by State Representative Eddie Rodriguez, 83rd Texas Legislature
Senate Sponsor: Bob Deuell
Effective Date September 1, 2013
 
1. You may sell the following homemade food items:
Baked goods that do not require refrigeration, such as cakes, cookies, breads, and pastries.
Candy
Coated and uncoated nuts
Unroasted nut butters
Fruit butters
Canned jams and jellies
Fruit pies
Dehydrated fruits and vegetables including dried beans
Popcorn and popcorn snacks
Cereal, including granola
Dry mixes
Vinegar
Pickles
Mustard
Roasted coffee or dry tea
Dried herbs or herb mixes  
 
2. You must earn $50,000 or less per year from the sale of the above food items.
 
3. No health department or local government authority can regulate your production of these items. There are no licenses, registration, or permits required by state law. (With the exception of basic food handler’s certification, see item 10.)
 
4. If DSHS or your local health department has reason to believe your operation poses an immediate and serious threat to human life or health, they may take action, including getting a warrant to enter your home, and shutting down your operation.
 
5. You may sell the food at your home, deliver the food to your customer, or sell your food at the following locations: farmers’ markets, farm stands, or municipal, county, or nonprofit fairs, festivals, or events.
 
6. Your food must be packaged in a way that prevents the product from becoming contaminated. Items that are too large or bulky for conventional packaging, like wedding cakes or cupcake bouquets, are not required to be packaged.
 
7. Your food must be labeled according to the labeling requirements. The label must be affixed to the package, except for items that are too large or bulky for packaging; in that case the label may be incorporated into the invoice.
 
8. You may not sell your food over the internet (for example: Etsy), and you may not ship your product.
 
9. You may not sell wholesale: in other words, you must sell your product directly to the end consumer. You may not sell your food to a reseller such as a grocery store, restaurant, or coffee shop. 
 
10. You must obtain a food handler’s card prior to selling your food. If you have anyone assisting you in the preparation of your product, such as an employee, they must also obtain a card if at any time they will be unsupervised by you. This does not include members of your household.
 
11. You may not sell any food which requires time and temperature control to prevent spoilage – this is known as a “potentially hazardous food”.  However, you may use potentially hazardous products in your food, like milk, eggs, and cream, as long as your FINAL PRODUCT does not require refrigeration (cakes, cookies, candy, etc).
 
12. No municipal zoning ordinance can prevent you from having a cottage food operation in your home. However, your neighbors can still take action against you if your business becomes a nuisance to them.