Columbus Winterfair Artists
and Gourmet Marketplace
December 1–3, 2023
Ohio Expo Center
Exhibitors with name badges will be permitted to enter the building early each day.
Applications are now open for 2023.
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 plan of the Columbus Winterfair, please click here.
Set-up time: Thursday, November 30, 2023, noon to 8 pm.
Thursday set-up is advised for ALL exhibitors. Exhibitors must check in at the information booth BEFORE unloading.
Exhibitors are advised to bring their own dollies for unloading, as none are available.
Vehicles are NOT allowed on the exhibition floor.
Exhibitors who must arrive on Friday morning must make arrangements in advance. Set-up resumes at 7:30 am on Friday and must be completed by 9:30 am. Those arriving after 8:30 am on Friday will NOT be permitted to set up until Saturday.
Booth Set up: The Safety Inspector for the State of Ohio will be on site. USE ONLY HEAVY-DUTY ELECTRICAL CORDS AND GROUNDED POWER STRIPS. Due to fire regulations, please keep all displays within the 10’ deep booth space – THIS INCLUDES EXHIBITORS’ CHAIRS.
Tape: Use Gaffers Tape or see EXPO Services.
WiFi: $25.00 per day. Search for the “Mobile Midway” wireless network on your phone or computer. Secure access is available using the encryption code “ohioexpo.” You will be given the option to sign up for a WiFi pass or log in for up to 15 minutes per day for free. Questions: Call NetSteady at 614-345-5000.
Please be in your booth at least 15 minutes before opening. The facility will be locked for the night at 9:00 pm on Friday and Saturday. We will have security in the building from 6:00 pm Thursday through 9:00 pm Sunday.
Booth Sign: Please display in your booth – must be clearly visible.
Storage: Shared and behind curtained areas on West and East sides of building. If in doubt, please ask at the information Booth. Do not put inventory in front of any fire extinguishers!!
Smoking and Alcoholic Beverages: Alcoholic beverages of any kind are prohibited in your booth. Smoking is not allowed in the building. PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE DOORS PROPPED OPEN.
Change: Available at the Ticket Sales Window at the main entrance during the last half hour of the show on Friday and Saturday nights. No change given on Sunday morning.
Ohio Sales Tax: 7.5%
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. We will have volunteers walking through the show should you need an unscheduled break. Please understand that they may be on their way to another artist but will get back to you.
Awards: Awards include: Awards for Excellence and Best Booth Design. An independent juror will make all awards. Award winners receive an invitation to next year’s show, bypassing jury review.
Mailing address for artists who need packages shipped to the show:
Bricker Multi-Purpose Building (Ohio Expo Center)
717 East 17th Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43211 *Deliver to Information Booth* (We will get it to you)
Include on shipping label: Artist Name and Booth Number
Artist Surveys: We will email surveys for you to complete after the show. We always appreciate your feedback!
ODC Annual Auction: Enclosed is information on our annual Spring Auction Fundraiser, which helps us continue our programming for children and families, as well as 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. If you donated an item at the Greater Cincinnati Winterfair, we THANK YOU!
2023 Art Studio Clearance Sale: Application enclosed in your welcome packet – there’s still time for Winterfair Artists!
Tear down instructions are enclosed in your welcome packet. The building closes at 10:00 pm on Sunday night. Please let us know if you cannot be packed up and moved out by that time.
IMPORTANT CONTACT INFORMATION
Ohio Designer Craftsmen
1665 W. Fifth Ave.
Columbus, OH 43212
ODC EMERGENCY CONTACT: After 5 pm on Tuesday, November 28, through the duration of the show (Sunday, December 34), a cell phone number to contact a staff member directly will provided on this site. Please check back in early November.
Courtyard by Marriott Worthington
Courtyard by Marriott Worthington
7411 Vantage Drive, Columbus OH 43235
Phone: (614) 436-7070
This link to book your room at the discounted rate, will be active after July of 2023.
You’ll find the Bricker Building at The Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, just north of downtown on 17th Avenue off I-71.
Once you arrive at the Ohio Expo Center’s Bricker Building, signs and parking attendants will direct guests to the proper parking areas.
FROM THE NORTH
Take I-71 South to 17th Avenue/Exit111. Turn right off exit. The Bricker Building and parking are on your left. Signs and parking attendants will direct guests to the proper parking areas.
FROM THE SOUTH
Take I-71 North to 17th Avenue/Exit 111. Turn left off exit. The Bricker Building and parking are on your left. Signs and parking attendants will direct guests to the proper parking areas.
FROM THE EAST
Take I-70 West to I-71 North. Take I-71 North to 17th Avenue/Exit 111. Turn left off exit. The Bricker Building and parking are on your left. Signs and parking attendants will direct guests to the proper parking areas.
FROM THE WEST
Take I-70 East to I-71 North. Take I-71 North to 17th Avenue/Exit 111. Turn left off exit. The Bricker Building and parking are on your left. Signs and parking attendants will direct guests to the proper parking areas.