UPDATE: Market Square Day has been postponed to Saturday, September 26th.

Greetings! Once again, we’ll take to the streets of Downtown Portsmouth with the 43rd Annual Market Square Day Festival & 10K Road Race on Saturday, September 26th (9am - 4pm).

Pro Portsmouth gives people the rare opportunity to sample what Portsmouth, the Seacoast, and the region offer in one event, one day, and one location. The goal is to encourage the presence of not only the arts community, but independent businesses—both locally owned and operated. We hope you will support and appreciate our efforts towards showcasing what Portsmouth and the Seacoast area has to offer.

YEAR 2 of the Online Process: The Booth Application is online. Filing an online application gives you the option of paying by credit card (there is a 3.5% processing fee) OR check.

All applications are reviewed for approval, so your credit card won't be charged/check won't be deposited unless/until we approve/accept your application.

Please follow all instructions, complete the application/rules & regulations, attach all necessary photos, documents, etc.

PLEASE NOTE: Market Square Day celebrates Portsmouth and the Seacoast, so priority is given to Portsmouth and Seacoast participants. In addition, Pro Portsmouth, Inc. reserves the right to limit the overall number of vendors participating in the Festival, or to reduce numbers in a category, particularly if there is an overabundance of vendors in any one category (i.e. food, t-shirts, non-profits, etc.). An application must be complete (including insurance paper work) before it will be considered. Applicants filing late or without required documents, payment run the risk of being denied booth space, and being charged additional fees. We strongly recommend completing your application as soon as possible. This year's deadline is Saturday, September 5th.

ALL APPLICANTS: All participants are required to set up their Booth Space with a 10’x 10’ tent. Tents need to be “weighted” to avoid issues with wind or rain.

FOOD VENDORS: Those selling or sampling food items must apply for a Temporary Permit through Pro Portsmouth upon approval of your application. DO NOT SUBMIT PAPERWORK TO THE CITY OF PORTSMOUTH AS IT WILL DELAY THE PROCESS. (We are responsible for taking you through the permitting process)

ALL VENDORS – NON PROFITS/FOR PROFITS: Based on feedback from the Community, local merchants, and visitors to the area, we ask you to keep in mind that Market Square Day is a Festival, not a trade show, which means that booths should have more than pamphlets/information alone. With respect to you and the work you do, we strongly encourage you to get “creative” with your booth space – host an activity, game, etc. – have fun! When approving applications, we will look carefully at booth activity/content and take into account who is embracing the idea of “Festival” as the spirit of the day.

In our continuing effort to do what’s right for our community and the environment, Pro Portsmouth is going balloon free. We request that you join us in becoming a balloon-free event.

If your booth application is approved, we confirm that information via email. You will also receive a packet of information regarding booth placement, as well as lots of other details that hopefully will assist you in having a terrific day (regular mail) in May. NOTE: PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU INCLUDE YOUR MAILING ADDRESS (as of 5/2020) ON THE APPLICATION.

All booth applicants must provide Pro Portsmouth with a Certificate of Insurance for public liability. This is proof of your business insurance and that it will in fact protect you, your booth/space, and anyone/anything related to or coming into contact with your booth’s operation. Coverage of $1,000,000.00 is required. The Certificate must state that Pro Portsmouth, Inc. is an additionally insured party and it must include the date of Saturday, September 26, 2020. You are solely responsible for securing this insurance through an agent.

Special Insurance Policy: In order to encourage craftspeople and new, small businesses (i.e. those without storefronts) to have booths, we are partnering with ACT Insurance for our one day policy.  Please note that we are unable to cover any food vendors or non-profit organizations with this policy. Contact us at info@proportsmouth.org for information regarding the one-day policy.

Should you have any questions, please contact bmassar@proportsmouth.org




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