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Event Overview:

Beautiful Authentic Oktoberfest Setting... Rain or Shine!
Three 100 year old historic covered pavilions (100 thousand square feet) provide the perfect backdrop for two stages and dance floors for lots of polkas! Spanning across three buildings at the Ohio State Fairgrounds / Ohio Expo Center.

Weatherproof event!
100,000 sq ft of covered space

On behalf of the Schmidt family and the Columbus Oktoberfest we would like to welcome you to the 50th Annual Columbus Oktoberfest. Not only does the event have a tremendous history in this city, but the Schmidt family adds 128 years of Columbus tradition as well!

The Columbus Oktoberfest originated in Schiller Park, moved to the Ohio Expo Center, then set-up at multiple sites throughout German Village for several years (these sites each became unavailable due to new development in the district). Despite much success, the German Village Society sadly voted to cancel Oktoberfest in July of 2009, citing lack of profitability and the desire to move away from relying on weather-related events for fundraising efforts.

At this time, the Schmidt family stepped in on behalf of the Oktoberfest, partnering with the Ohio Expo Center (a previously successful site which offers unique facilities resembling authentic German beer halls) and the Cox Family, another local business offering over fiftythree years of family experience in the event industry. With only eleven weeks, a handful of promotional partners and a shoestring budget, the Schmidt’s and their partners were able to produce an outstanding Oktoberfest that exceeded the expectations of all. Despite horrendous weather, the competing OSU home Big Ten game, a new location and much skepticism in the media, attendance exceeded 35,000 throughout the three-day event!

Take a stroll through the GIANT EAGLE MARKTPLATZ Pavilion, home of the Art & Craft Marktplatz and Merchant Market, featuring up to 85 exhibitors.

Art & Craft Marktplatz:
Shop and browse from a wide selection of unique handmade, one-of-a-kind creations by talented artisans and craftsmen. Visitors will find beautiful jewelry, functional stoneware, horse hair pottery, mixed media, carved wood, handmade sports items, creative fabric items, OSU 3D wall art, lovely wood and metal furniture, sweet smelling candles, soaps & lotions, exquisite quilts, gourmet food selections, yard art and so much more.

Merchant Market:
Don't miss this area designated specifically for small business and commercial vendors. You’ll learn about the newest trends, ideas, and special offers available from many local businesses, as well as have the opportunity to shop for the latest selections from some of your favorite home-based business representatives.

Exhibitor Information:

We cordially invite you to participate in the Art & Craft Marktplatz where talented artisans and craftsmen will showcase and sell their unique one-of-a-kind creations at this year's annual Columbus Oktoberfest.  The Giant Eagle sponsored Art & Craft Marktplatz is one of the premier featured attractions as this longstanding Oktoberfest tradition makes its mark on Central Ohio attracting an estimated attendance of over 30,000 people.  Artisans and craftsmen will be situated under a 100 year old historic covered pavilion centrally located in the heart of the Oktoberfest festivities providing artisans and crafters with a great opportunity you won't want to miss!  Beautiful authentic setting, rain or shine...the event is weatherproof!

Contact the event managers listed below for more information about how you can participate at the Columbus Oktoberfest 2016.

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Conference/Event Dates: 09/23/2016 - 09/25/2016
Expo/Exhibit Dates: 09/23/2016 - 09/25/2016
Expo/Exhibit Hours: Fri. 5pm - 12am; Sat. 12pm - 12am; Sun. 12pm - 8pm
First Move-In Date: 09/22/2016
Classification: Consumer
Primary Industry: Cultural Fairs
Other Industries: Art Fairs, Consumer Health, Food & Fitness, Craft Fairs, Cultural Fairs, Food / Beverage Events, Local Shows & Fairs
Estimated Attendance: 35,000
Cost to Attend: Free
Audience: Open to the Public
Venue: Ohio Expo Center/Ohio State Fairgrounds
Venue Phone: (888) 646-3976
Venue Type: Indoor - Other
Number of Exhibitors:Up to 85 Marktplatz Exhibitors
Event Square Footage:100,000+
Sponsorship: Yes

Booth Size Booth Cost   Available Amenities
10' x 14' $190   Electricity: Yes Free
Double Booth $380   Water: n/a
Corner Additional $30   Generator: n/a
  Marketing Vehicles Allowed: Yes
Other Booth Sizes Available: n/a

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2015 Exhibitors:

A Face Painting Mom
AmyD, Handmade Housewares
Amazing Love Groggadooz, Antiques & Uniques
Bavarian Garlands, Floral, Fabric
Beads by Irene, Jewelry
Bezels and Beyond, Jewelry

Birds Head Forge, Fine Metal Art
Brain Brandz, Floral Headbands
"Crime Cats" Books
Heini’s Cheese/American Classic Popcorn
Chloe Lia, Hair Bows & Accessories
Cooper's Corner, Pet Treats
Country at Heart, Painted Wood
Crafts by Daisy Jane, Kids Fiber & Vinyl
Copper Arts, Jewelry
Eardivine, Jewelry
Expressions in Art, Tapestry & Wood
Handcrafted Exotic Wood Pens
Heartland Herbs, Dips, Mixes
Heavenly Gifts, Fabric & Calligraphy
Hocking Hills Primitive Sign Co., Wood, Misc.
Independence Farms, Alpaca
James Hatfield Illustration, Drawings
Kozy Kraft Kreations, Wood
LillyRose Crystals, Jewelry
Loose Change Coin Ring & Things, Jewelry
Moose Head Pottery, Stoneware
Montero Native Art, Jewelry

My Dolly's Closet, Doll Clothing
My Soaps
Name Sign Painting, Name Art, Watercolor
Paws of Love, Pet Treats
Perryn's Naturals, Soaps & Lotions
Pubs of..., Artwork 
RagTrader Vintage, Jewelry 
Robin's Letter Art, Photography
Pink Brilliance, Jewelry Cleaner
Tea 72, Prepackaged Tea
The Designing Rose, Doll Clothing
The Golden Hobby Shop, Wood & Fabric
The Leaf Ladys, Concrete Designs
Townhouse Creations, Scrolled Wood

Unique Personalizations, Wood
Uniquely Just For You, Fabric/Quilts

WD Studio, Painted Wood
Wholly Craft, Soap, Wood, Misc
Wise Guyz Gadgets, Mixed Media

Merchant Market:    
Artistic Water Fountains

Bath Fitter
Buck-Icon LLC
Coffee Pot Alpaca Farm
Cat Welfare Association
Cutco Cuttlery
Damsel in Defense

German Import Haus 
It Works
Kitchen Saver
Mary Kay
Now & Then Collectibles
Pamer Chiropractic of Gahanna

Pampered Chef
Scent-Sations, Candles

Scentsy Wickless

Schmidt's Fudge Haus
Simply Red, Apparel & Jewelry
Sippel Steins, Beer Steins

Sit Means Sit, Dog Training
Spice It Up, Gourmet Foods
Tastefully Simple
The Columbus Dispatch
The Jewelery Whisperer
Thirty One Gifts

Tommy's Jerky
Traci Lynn Jewelry
Usborne Books & More
Younique Boutique

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