Greater Cincinnati Winterfair Artists and Gourmet Marketplace
November 25–27, 2022
Northern Kentucky Convention Center
Friday 10 am–5 pm
Saturday 10 am–5 pm
Sunday 11 am–4 pm
Exhibitors with name badges will be permitted to enter the building early each day.
Friday: 7:30 am
Saturday: 8:00 am
Sunday: 9:00 am
Applications are now closed for 2022.
Anyone may apply to ODC shows; however, only Ohio Designer Craftsmen members may actually exhibit. ODC members receive a two-point bonus on their jury scores. Annual membership is $35 for an individual, $45 for a joint membership, and may be paid after acceptance, along with the booth fee.
Frequently Asked Questions
For the floor map of the Cincinnati Winterfair, please click here.
EXHIBITOR SET UP
Set-up days are Wed., Nov. 23, and Thurs., Nov. 24, 2022. Note: There is a marathon that will be going on Thanksgiving morning, Nov., 24, in the vicinity of the Northern Kentucky Convention Center. This marathon may affect your arrival and access to the convention center. Please see this pdf, complete with a map, detailing the race. Click here for map.
Services from the decorator will be available closer to the date of the show. Please check back here for more information.
Wednesday, November 23:
SET-UP TIME: Artists & Gourmet Marketplace, 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Time slot is strict: no entry before 11:00 am and building is vacated at 3:00 pm.
**If you are dollying in from the front on Wednesday, there is no street parking, so please use the paid lot across the street.**
Thursday, November 24:
SET-UP TIME: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. THE BUILDING MUST BE VACATED BY 5:00 pm.
Wednesday or Thursday set-up is advised for all exhibitors. Exhibitors may arrive on Friday morning but must make arrangements in advance to do so. If you must set up on Friday morning, please email [email protected]. Set-up resumes at 7:30 am on Friday and must be complete by 9:30 am. Those arriving after 8:30 am on Friday will not be permitted to set up until Saturday.
Doors open for exhibitors with badges at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, 8:00 a.m. on Saturday and 9:00 a.m. on Sunday. Please be in your booth at least 15 minutes before opening in case we have any last minute announcements. The facility will be locked for the night at 7:00 pm on Friday and Saturday.
Building closes at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday night. Please let us know if you cannot be packed up and moved out by that time.
Awards: Awards Include: Excellence and Best Booth Design. An independent juror will make all awards. Award winners receive an invitation to next year’s show, by-passing jury review.
Change: Will be made available at the Ticket Sales Booth during the last half hour of the show Friday and Saturday nights. We will not be giving out change Sunday morning.
Sales Tax: State of Kentucky License forms will be in your check-in packet. They are mailing them to you as well. We are required to forward them a list of all exhibitors in the show. Please complete and mail to the Kentucky Dept. of Revenue. Tax rate is 6.0%.
Fire Regulations: The Fire Marshal may inspect all booths to ensure that all display equipment is fire retardant, with special attention to cloth coverings.
Booth Sign: Please make certain your booth sign is clearly visible in your booth so patrons can locate you. Booth numbers are listed in the Show Directory.
Tape: Per site regulations, you MUST use Gaffers Tape if tape is needed. See EXPO Decorator service if you should need gaffers tape for carpets.
Booth Set up: BE SURE TO USE ONLY HEAVY DUTY ELECTRICAL CORDS AND GROUNDED POWER STRIPS. Due to fire regulations, please keep all displays within your 10’ deep booth space – THIS INCLUDES EXHIBITORS’ CHAIRS.
Booth Sitting: Sign up at the Information Booth for breaks of up to 15 minutes. We will do everything we can to honor your request. If you have extra helpers who wouldn’t mind booth sitting for other artists, please ask them to stop by the Information Desk and let us know.
Smoking and Alcoholic Beverages: Alcoholic beverages of any kind are prohibited in your booth. Smoking is not allowed in the building.
Artist Surveys: We will email surveys for you to complete after the show. We always appreciate your feedback!
Food: The Concession/Restaurant operation is on the first floor at the front of the building.
ODC Annual Auction: Enclosed is information on our annual auction fundraiser, which helps us continue our programming for children and families, along with Ohio Craft Museum exhibitions. We always appreciate donations from our Winterfair artists. Artwork in our silent auction includes information from each artist so it’s a great way to reach even more patrons with your work.
IMPORTANT CONTACT INFORMATION
Ohio Designer Craftsmen
1665 W. Fifth Ave.
Columbus, OH 43212
ODC EMERGENCY CONTACT: After 5 pm on Tuesday, November 22, through the duration of the show (Sunday, November 27), please use the following cell phone number to contact a staff member directly: 614 260-4878.
KENTUCKY HEALTH REGULATIONS FOR FOOD VENDORS
All Marketplace vendors selling food must adhere to the Northern Kentucky Board of Health guidelines. It is the responsibility of the exhibitor to contact the NKY Board of Health to insure that proper guidelines are being followed and temporary licenses are secured. NKY Board of Health will inspect all marketplace vendors on the morning of the first day of the show Fri., Nov. 25, 2022, before the show opens. Vendors must be at their booth during inspection.
Click here for NKY Board of Health guidelines pdf.
Cincinnati Marriott at RiverCenter
10 W. RiverCenter Blvd., Covington KY 41011
Phone: (859) 261-2900
Embassy Suites by Hilton Cincinnati RiverCenter
10 E. RiverCenter Blvd., Covington KY 41011
Phone: (859) 261-8400
Courtyard by Marriott Cincinnati Covington
500 W. Third St., Covington KY 41011
Phone: (859) 491-4000
FROM NORTHERN CINCINNATI VIA I-75 SOUTH
Take I-75 South into KY. Take the 5th Street/Covington Exit 192. Veer left off the exit. Follow 5th Street to Madison (6th stoplight), turn left on Madison. Follow Madison to RiverCenter Blvd. (Embassy Suites is in front of you to the right.) The convention center is on your left.
FROM NORTHERN CINCINNATI VIA I-71 SOUTH
From I-71 South, follow the right lane (I-75 South) as it merges with I-75. As you are crossing the Ohio River, move into the far right lane. Take the 5th Street/Covington Exit 192. Veer left off the exit. Follow 5th Street to Madison (6th stoplight), turn left on Madison. Follow Madison to RiverCenter Blvd. (Embassy Suites is in front of you to the right.) The convention center is on your left.
From I-275, take 471 North to the Newport/Bellevue Exit #5. Turn left off the exit onto Route 8. Go straight. Road will curve at Newport on the Levee, head toward stop light in left lane. Go through stop light to the next stop sign and turn right onto 4th Street. Follow this across the bridge to Madison Street in Covington. Turn right on Madison and follow toward RiverCenter Blvd. (Embassy Suites is in front of you to the right.) The convention center is on your left.
FROM KENTUCKY VIA I-75/71 NORTH
Take I-75 North to the 5th Street/Covington Exit 192. (If you have crossed the bridge to Cincinnati, you’ve gone too far.) Veer right off the exit. Follow 5th Street to Madison (6th stoplight), turn left on Madison. Follow Madison to RiverCenter Blvd. (Embassy Suites is in front of you to the right.) The convention center is on your left.
Kenton County Parking Garage
220 Madison Ave.
Covington, KY 41011
500 spaces available to general public during weekday business hours
50 E. RiverCenter Blvd.
Covington, KY 41011
300 spaces available to general public during weekday business hours
Open Air Lot
E. RiverCenter Blvd.
Covington, KY 41011
170 spaces (10 Accessible)
Metered Parking – No Attendant
10 W. RiverCenter Blvd.
Covington, KY 41011365 spaces (4 Accessible)
Spaces limited to general public during weekday business hours