52nd Anniversary of the Blessing of the Bikes
The Lake County Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the 52nd Annual Blessing of the Bikes Marketplace. This 3-day event takes place May 17-19, 2024 in Baldwin Michigan in scenic Lake County!
The Blessing of the Bikes Vendor Marketplace offers a spacious, high-visibility, easily accessible venue in the heart of downtown Baldwin. Located directly on M-37, vendors enjoy the benefits of complete access to more than 20,000 riders and visitors celebrating Michigan’s oldest and the original Blessing of the Bikes. With ample parking for both vendors and patrons alike, the Marketplace has become the premier vending site for the event.
If you would like to be a Marketplace Vendor, please complete the Vendor Contract and return it with half of the total amount due on or before March 15, 2024. The balance of the rent will be due on or before April 15, 2024.
If you have a placement preference, we will do our very best to accommodate your request. Please note: Vendor Location will be determined by the event committee.
To make this a successful event for everyone, we may need to limit the number of “similar” vendors so please be specific on your contract as to what you will be selling or services you offer. If you do not have a permit to sell food and beverages from the District 10 Health Department and/or a Grocers License, NO FOOD/BEVERAGES may be sold from your site. Violators will be asked to leave Marketplace Immediately! Food Vendors will pay an additional $125 to help offset the costs of electricity and clean-up.
Due to space constraints, camping space is limited and is only available on a first come first serve basis. Camping is only allowed on Maple St. between 9th St. and the Rails for Trails. If you intend to camp, you must mark it on your application. Power will not be available for campers. You may also check our Website at www.lakecountymichigan.com and Lake County Chamber’s Facebook page for alternative camping/motel accommodations.
Upon arrival and prior to set up, all vendors are required to check-in at the Lake County Chamber of Commerce office located at 895 Michigan Avenue (M-37), Baldwin, MI 49304.
Vendor Space Fees
- 10’x10′: $150.00
- 20’x40′: $900.00
- 10’x20′: $225.00
- 30’x40′: $1,350.00
- 20’x20′: $450.00
- 40’x40′: $1,800.00
- 20’x30′: $675.00
- 40’x60′: $2,700.00
Marketplace Vendor Contract Terms
To reserve space(s) for the 2024 Blessing of the Bikes Marketplace you are required to complete and return the enclosed contract with a down payment of ½ of the total rent by March 15, 2024, either through mail or electronically. The balance of the rent will be due on or before April 15, 2024.
The Blessing of the Bikes Marketplace is a rain or shine event. There are no refunds on deposits or payments. Failure to make the final payment due on April 15, 2024, will constitute a forfeiture of all deposits, payments, and reservation on space(s).
The lessee (Vendor) shall pay all taxes, licenses, and special fees as imposed by the State, County, or Village of Baldwin.
FOOD VENDORS must contact the District 10 Health Department and secure all necessary permits and schedule inspections.
SPACE FEE: Fees for Vendor space(s) include 110/15 AMP Service. Food Vendors, upon request, will be provided with 220/30 AMP Service.
SET-UP: IMPORTANT – NEW INFORMATION REGARDING SET UP
Prior to set up, you must check-in at the Lake County Chamber of Commerce Office (895 Michigan Avenue, Baldwin). Set up hours will be Thursday evening from 5:00 PM-9:00 PM and Friday from 9:00 AM-6:00 PM. Tear-down and Clean-Up must be completed by 4:00 PM on Sunday, May 19, 2024.
ALL VENDORS MUST ABIDE BY THE FOLLOWING MARKETPLACE POLICIES:
- Absolutely no sub-renting of space(s) and/or sharing of space(s)
- There will be no suggestive or obscene material sold or displayed
- NO sale of tobacco and alcohol products within Marketplace
- NO use of, distribution, possession or sale on illegal drugs on the premises
- Vendor product, tables, displays, and any other materials used by the individual vendor must remain in their marked space(s).
CLEAN UP AND TEAR DOWN:
Clean up consists of both your space(s) and the surrounding area of your space(s) with no damage to the grounds. Clean Up and Tear Down must be complete by 4:00 PM Sunday, May 19, 2024.
LIABILITY RELEASE: By agreeing to these terms,, the Vendor (Lessee) agrees to hold harmless and indemnify the Lake County Chamber of Commerce, it’s officers and members, the Lake County Historical Society, it’s officers and members, the Village of Baldwin, the County of Lake located in Michigan from liability of theft, accident, acts of violence, injury to self, your workers, your guests, property and you accept responsibility for any liability arising from such acts of like thereof by yourself, your workers, guests and associates. The payment for the space(s) does NOT purchase any insurance on your behalf nor does it entitle you to insurance coverage for any hazard caused by you, your business, your workers, guests, agents or anyone associated with you in any way for injury, damage, or loss resulting from acts of others at the Blessing of the Bikes Marketplace. The Marketplace operator’s, the Village of Baldwin, Lake County Michigan, does not provide you with insurance protection of any kind. In your relation to the Lake County Chamber of Commerce, the Village of Baldwin, the County of Lake (Michigan), you are solely responsible for any acts or consequences associated with your participation in the 2024 Blessing of Bikes Marketplace.
VIOLATION OF ANY OF THE ABOVE POLICIES WILL CONSTITUTE IMMEDIATE FORFEITURE OF SPACE(S) AND ALL PAYMENTS.