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Carolina Catfish Festival dates/times are September 24th (5p-9p), 25th (2p-9p) This event will be located outdoors at Eastridge Mall in Gastonia NC.   


Upon receiving your application we will notify you if you have been selected as a vendor for this event. This is a first come first serve basis. After being notified that you have been selected as a vendor you will have 4 days to submit payment online. If payment is NOT submitted during the 4 day wait time we will skip to the next vendor in line. 


10x10  Non food spaces start at $50 per day 

10x10 Food/Beverage spaces start at $90 per day $180 total (Food and Beverage vendors are required to attend BOTH days)


**CRAFT VENDORS WILL BE able to attend this event on Friday, Saturday or BOTH nights. 


We will only be accepting unique, handmade crafts and products, local artisans etc.

What is a food/drink vendor? ANYONE THAT SELLS ITEMS THAT ARE EDIBLE or DRINKABLE. If you can eat or drink the items you are selling then you are in fact selling food or beverages of some type and therefore ARE a food/beverage vendor. . 

Applications submitted after August 1st will have 2 days to make payment due to time restraints.

No refunds will be given to any vendor. Depending on circumstances we can work together to transfer your space to another similar type vendor or transfer your space to a future date/event. 

* Food Vendors* You will be required to fill out and submit a Gaston County Temporary Food Establishment Permit. This includes vendors that require inspections as well as vendors that do not require inspections. ALL FOOD VENDORS MUST COMPLETE THIS FORM. DO NOT MAIL THIS FORM TO THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT. You will be notified by festival staff with more information and how to submit further paperwork. DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR PAPERWORK TO THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT. WE WILL CONTACT YOU FOR THAT INFORMATION.

ALL vendors are responsible to keeping their vendor space clean. If you know you produce more trash than average PLEASE bring adequate trash cans and place your trash in the dumpster that will be available to you. 

ALL vendors must supply their own tent, tables, chairs and any other items needed at your booth. Power is NOT available. If you require power and need to bring a generator please let us know in your application. Expected attendance is approx 3,000+

This is an outdoor event. Submission of this application does NOT guarantee a space available. You will be allowed to leave your tent/tables and non valuable items over night. We will provide LIGHT overnight security. We are not responsible to damage/lost/stolen items caused by weather or events out of our control. A waiver must be signed releasing liability for any item left over night. We do not recommend leaving anything of value.  


This festival takes place rain or shine. We DO NOT have a rain date and no refunds are given for any reason due to weather. Rides will operate weather permitting. 

Special event activities during this event may be rescheduled or cancelled with no prior notice to the public or vendors. These decisions are made by our event coordinators/participants and can be made for various reasons. Some of which are out of our control. However the event itself will go on. 

We do 99% of our communication by email. Please make sure you provide us with a valid email address that you check daily. Please also make sure that if you are selected to join us at this event, your approval will come via email. PLEASE RESPOND TO THAT EMAIL.

Set up times:

Load in Friday *** 1-4pm. Festival opens at 5pm. Health department inspections will be conducted during this time. The health dept will give you a specific time to be ready for them once paperwork has been submitted. 

Load in Saturday *** 11-1p. Festival opens at 2pm. Load in times can be adjusted if needed. 


Please NOTE! If you answered this question with a "yes" then you will need to choose the FOOD VENDOR option in the drop down menu below. Applications that do not have matching information will be denied.