Registration Information and Fact Sheet

Please read before you register

Event Description

Registration for The Southern Minnesota Book and Art Festival is now closed. Please check back for registration for our 2020 event. The Southern Minnesota Book Festival is sponsored by the Arlington Book Project, an organization dedicated to providing free literacy-based academic support services for area students and adults, as well as promoting a culture of reading in Southern Minnesota. This festival highlights local, regional, and emergent authors, storytellers, and artists, and offers indie publishers and other exhibitors an opportunity to reach an audience beyond the metro area. The festival features books and authors, publishers, artists, workshops, children's activities, antiques dealers, and food and drink. It is free to participate and free to attend. There is no registration fee for vendors or other participants! The event provides listings of participants in the event program, website, Facebook, and through media promotions throughout Southern Minnesota and the metro area.

Registration (Closed until 2020)

Registration for readings or demonstrations is now closed. Vendors should register via the online registration form or using the printable registration form. Please provide as much detail as possible about your vendor sales (exhibitor, publisher, book or antiques dealer). If your work is oriented toward children, please indicate that so you will be included in the children's pavilion. All participants must also print and mail us a signed copy of the Terms and Agreements. Vendors must also mail us ST19 forms.

If you have something to sell (books, art, antiques, etc.) bring it to sell at your own table. Space (10'x10') is free to all authors, artists and vendors and you retain 100% of your sales, but space is limited so register early!  A limited number of tables and chairs will be provided, but please let us know when you register if you need them; they will be offered on a first come basis. Also indicate if you will need proximity to electrical outlets. 

Depending on the number of registrations, we will be offering indoor space for all vendors, authors, artists, and book and antiques dealers. Readings, visual arts, vendors, and antiques dealers may be placed in various buildings, if necessary. If registration is very high, we reserve the right to use outdoor event tents for overflow. A separate children's pavilion will house children's authors, illustrators, artists, and activities. 

More Details

  • Vendor set up begins at 8:00 a.m. on October 5. All vendors must be set up by 10:00 a.m. 
  • Placement of exhibitors and artists is determined by festival organizers.
  • Doors open to the public at 10:00 a.m. Event closes at 4:00 p.m. Please do not tear down early.
  • This is a Rain or Shine event.
  • The State of Minnesota requires any person selling used or new products to charge sales tax. 
  • Required forms (Terms & Agreements; ST19) are available for download on this page. Please mail hard copies to Laura Gilman, 213 E Main St, Arlington, MN 55307.
  • Check in at the Information Booth in the Event Center. 
  • Exhibitors and vendors must unload and then return to set up. Parking is free.
  • Festival staff reserve the right to have exhibitors remove unacceptable or inappropriate items, or to relocate or dismiss any participant.
  • No pets (with the exception of service animals) are permitted inside festival buildings.

Questions? Contact Laura Gilman



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Printable Registration Form

Print and mail this form if you don't want to register online.

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Online Registration Form