Washington State International Kite Festival
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: Who puts on the Washington State International Kite Festival?
A: As of 2015 The World Kite Museum has taken over the responsibility of the event from the Long Beach Merchants.
Q: When is the Washington State International Kite Festival?
A: The WSIKF is typically held every year during the third FULL week in August.
2015 – August 17 – 23, 2015
2016 – August 15 – 21, 2016
Q: What are the hours of operation?
A: Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.*
Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.**
*There will be fireworks and lighted kite flying on Friday.
**Vendors can start breaking down at 3:00 p.m. but you cannot leave until the approach is open to traffic, which is usually between 3 and 5pm, when the attendants leave. Only vehicles with approved passes will be allowed on approach.
Note: All vendors are encouraged to remain open as long as there is foot traffic on the Bolstad beach approach.
Q: How much does it cost for a space at the festival?
A: Full week is $525.00 for the first 10 feet and $10.00 for each additional foot. Weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) $500.00 for the first 10 feet and $10.00 for each additional foot. If you are approved with a Motor Home an additional $100.00 will be charged.
Q: When will applications be available?
A: Applications will be available February 1, at www.kitefestival.com click on the vendor flag. Print out, read, complete & sign the application and Code of Conduct. If you do not have access to a computer you can request an application by calling the World Kite Museum at 360.642.4020 or by mail Vendor Committee C/O WSIKF/PO Box 387/Long Beach, WA 98631.
Q: What do I need to send in with my application?
A: You will need to send in the completed application, signed Code of Conduct, a picture of your booth/trailer and a check for at least $100.00. Mail them to Vendor Committee C/O WSIKF/PO Box 387/Long Beach, WA 98631.
Q: When is the application deadline?
A: The deadline will be March 31 or until all space is filled. We request at least a $100.00 deposit with balance due by July 1.
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Q: When can I set up?
A: Set up is on the Sunday before the festival begins, as soon as the spaces are marked and assigned by the vendor team. The approach is not blocked off until 6:00 a.m. on Sunday and this process is weather dependent, so please be patient and understanding. In previous years vendors have been able to start set up between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on that Sunday.
Q: What if I am unable to set up on Sunday?
A: Arrangements will need to be made with the Vendor Team in advance; however, you will not be allowed to set up during festival hours. If approved for late set up, you will need to set up after 6:00 p.m. or before 10:00 a.m.
Q: Will my deposit be refunded?
A: All funds will be returned if you are not accepted or if you cancel 30 days before the festival.
Q: When will I know if I am accepted?
A: Approval/denial letters will be sent out by the end of April. This letter will also state denied products.
Q: Are there any products that will automatically NOT be approved?
A: Yes, all products that shoot or stab i.e. pellet guns, marshmallow launchers, knives, plastic or otherwise. We limit the sales of kite logo-type apparel to local Long Beach Merchants only. Only the Kite Festival Committee will sell the official Kite Festival apparel. Please do not incorporate the name Washington State International Kite Festival (WSIKF) or use our logo on any items you wish to sell.
Q: Can I bring my Motor Home?
A: Yes, however, we have limited space for Motor Homes. You will be charged for your space according to the longest footage, your motor home or booth space; i.e. if your motor home is 40 feet and your booth is only 10 feet you will be charged for 40 feet. However, you will need to fill the entire 40 foot space with product. Only one motor home will be allowed per space. If you need overnight accommodations please check out places at www.funbeach.com.
Q: Is there an additional charge if my space is approved with my motor home?
A: Yes, you will be charged an additional $100.00 for the week.
Q: During the festival is there someone that will pump out my motor home?
A: Yes, you will need to call for arrangements with Evergreen Septic, 360.642.5100.
Q: How are vendors selected?
A: Long Beach business owners have priority, then returning vendors with a history of following the rules and being easy to work with and finally, vendors that are selling products not represented. We strive for variety and clean-appearing booths. At this time space is limited to 55 vendors.
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Q: Are there electrical hookups?
A: Yes, there is only one 20 amp electrical hookup per unit and we do a few 30/50 amp available. If you are approved with your motor home and plan to plug your motor home into the provided electrical outlet you will need to run all other electrical needs through your motor home.
Q: Can I use my own generator?
A: No, the use of generators is not allowed at the festival.
Q: Will water be provided?
A: Yes, however, you will need to bring a hose approved for drinking water and not a garden hose.
Q: How is the garbage handled?
A: Each vendor is responsible to supply your own garbage can for use by patrons. The City of Long Beach provides their city crew to keep the approach clean of garbage and will keep the community garbage cans empty. However, it is the vendors’ responsibility to keep their space clean and to take their garbage to the dumpsters in the parking lot. All boxes must be broken down and taken to the large dumpster provided in the parking lot.
Q: What is Washington State Sales Tax?
A: Washington State Sales Tax for 2015 is .078.
Q: Do I need to provide a Certificate of Insurance?
A: Due to our insurance requirements starting 2008 we started requiring a Certificate of Insurance naming Washington State International Kite Festival/PO Box 387/Long Beach, WA 98631 as an additional insured or rider to your current policy.
Q: Where will my space be located?
A: This is an out doors event. You will be either on blacktop or grass. You can only use weights to hold down your tent, no pegs into blacktop. There are vendor pictures on www.kitefestival.com and www.funbeach.com so you can get an idea of how we are setup. Remember we are on the coast of Washington so be prepared for strong winds and rain. We seem to usually have one day of mist or rain. You may want to bring a tarp with you if your tent is not totally water proof.
Q: Can I put out a reader or sandwich board in front of my booth?
A: No, you can not have a sandwich board past your indicated space. Also, you can not pass out samples or flyers on the approach. You must stay in your booth area and not impede traffic.
Q: Where do I park my car during the festival?
A: You will be given 2 Vendor Parking Passes on the first day of your arrival in your vendor packet. You must display this in the window of your vehicle. The parking attendants will direct you to the vendor parking area. They try to setup an area close to the approach, however, this is a very busy festival and sometimes the parking lot becomes full. There is no overnight camping in the parking lot.
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Q: How do I get supplies?
A: Please try to plan ahead for your supplies. If you find a delivery is needed after 9:30 a.m. the city crew or a festival volunteer will try and help you. Check with the parking attendant for help, they will have a radio to contact a festival volunteer. All cars must be off the approach by 9:30 a.m.
Q: If my supplies are to be delivered by UPS, what address do I give them?
A: UPS packages can be delivered to Long Beach City Hall at 115 Bolstad Ave W ~ Long Beach, WA 98631, phone number 360.642.4421. If you are having a delivery made please contact City Hall and let them know how to get a hold of you when delivered.
Q: Who do I call for questions on Health Department requirements?
A: Pacific County Department of Community Development in South Bend, phone number 360.642.9382.
Q: Who do I call to set up for ice, Pepsi products and propane?
A: Dairy & Ice In process
Pepsi Cola Bottling Pepsi 360.642.3331
Propane Active Enterprises, Inc 360.642.2102
Q: How do I contact the Vendor Team?
A: Contact the World Kite Museum at 360.642.4020 or Email.
Q: Will there be security?
A: Yes, Security is provided starting Sunday night at 11:00pm until the following Sunday at 6:00am. The Long Beach Police try to make a presence on the approach during festival week. If there is a problem please let us know so we can alert the police. If you need to contact the police and it is not an emergency you can call 360.642.2911.
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