Marin Senior Fair, September 18, 2024

Exhibitor Information

Welcome exhibitors, to the 36th Annual Marin Senior Fair!

Below is useful and important information about exhibiting at the Fair. Please review this information carefully. There are a few rules that we expect you to know. We hope that you have a fun and productive day at the Fair.

If this page does not answer all your questions, please Contact Us.

To reach us at the Fair, go to the Fair Information booth #160.

Your Exhibit Space

To look up your exhibiting location, see Our Exhibitors and Search for your organization name. To see your exhibit space location, see the Exhibits Floor Plan.

If you are applying for exhibit space, first see the Available Booths to select your preferred locations, then proceed to the Exhibiting Order Form.

Exhibit Spaces

Exhibit spaces are either a Booth or a Tabletop. All exhibit spaces inside the Main Exhibit Hall (the green area on the floor plan) are sold as a Booth; all exhibit spaces outside the Main Exhibit Hall (the blue area on the floor plan) are sold as a Tabletop.

Exhibit spaces 101-196 and spaces 205-210 are draped booths. Booths 197-204 (along the back wall of the main exhibit hall) are not draped, but include an 8 foot table. All others are tabletops include a 6 foot table.

Draped booths are a 10' wide by 8' deep booth that contains an 8 foot table and 2 chairs. Booth draping is 8' high in the back and 3' high on the sides. Double draped booths are two booths together, minus the center drape. Corner booths may opt to remove one side wall so the booth is open on two sides. You are free to arrange your tables and chairs within your draped booth however you like. Booth draping is burgundy and silver in color.

Tabletops include a 6 foot table and two chairs. Tabletops do not have any draping or backdrop. Double tabletops are two six foot tables together, with four chairs.

What do I get in my exhibit space?

Each booth or tabletop comes with one table and two chairs. Tables in the Main Exhibit Hall are 8'x30"; tables outside the Main Exhibit Hall are 6'x30". Tablecloths or skirts are not provided, you must being your own.

The Main Exhibit Hall is not carpeted. We recommend that you bring a small carpet to make your booth quieter and more comfortable.

All booths and tabletops have access to free power and Internet.

Please do not remove furniture from your booth or take furniture from another booth. If you require a furniture change, please go to the Fair Information booth #160.

Exhibitor Setup, Occupancy, and Tear-Down

Exhibitor Setup - Tuesday, September 17, Noon - 5:00 pm
Exhibitor Tear-down - Wednesday, September 18, 3:00 - 5:00 pm

All exhibitors must check in at the Fair Information booth #160 prior to setting up their booth or tabletop. Exhibitors that have not checked in by 4:00 pm on Tuesday, September 17 will forfeit their booth and booth payment.

If you cannot set up the day prior to the Fair, you can set up the day of the Fair by prior arrangement only. Email Us to discuss. Wednesday morning setup is limited to 8:00 am - 9:00 am.

Your booth or tabletop should be set up and ready to exhibit by 9:00 am on Wednesday, September 18. Your booth or tabletop must remain set up, staffed, and intact at all times between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. Exhibitor tear-down cannot commence before 3:00 pm on Wednesday, September 18. Leaving your booth or tabletop before 3:00 pm will adversely affect your ability to obtain exhibit space in subsequent years.

Your booth or tabletop must be empty and unoccupied by 5:00 pm on September 18.

Your exhibit space must be left clean and free of trash. Exhibitors can use the provided trash cans and dumpster for their trash. The Exhibit Hall requests that you flatten all cardboard boxes. Exhibitors who fail to clean up their exhibit space will be billed a $50 cleaning fee.

Booth Forfeiture

Any booth or tabletop that is not occupied or set up by 4:00 pm on Tuesday, September 17 will be forfeited without notice or refund. The Marin Senior Fair has the right to resell or reassign any forfeited exhibit space.

Be sure to Email Us to make special arrangements if you cannot arrive by 4:00 pm. We are sold out and have a wait list. If we don't hear from you by 4:00 pm, your exhibit space will be given to an organization on the waiting list.

Directions, Parking, Load-In and Load-Out

The Marin Senior Fair is held at the Marin Center Exhibit Hall at 100 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. Your GPS or smartphone will get you to the exhibit hall by entering this address.

Directions to Exhibit Hall.
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On setup day you can park wherever you like. Doors on both sides of the Exhibit Hall will be open on setup day. The paved main parking lot gives the best access for booths in the Manzanita room (tabletops numbered 300s) and the Lobby (tabletops numbered 500s). Parking on the lagoon side of the building gives good access to the back of the Main Exhibit Hall (booths 100s & 200s).

You are permitted to pull your car into the Loading Dock area to unload, however you must move your car immediately upon unloading to allow for the next exhibitor to unload.

On the day of the Fair, exhibitors must park on the lagoon side (back side) of the building. Look for Exhibitor Parking and Exhibitor Entrance signs. The paved main parking lot is reserved for attendees. Prior to 9:00 am, these are the only entrance doors that are open; you cannot enter through the Attendee entrance at the front of the building.

Hanging Signs and Decorations

Do not attach anything to the Exhibit Hall walls or doors using tape, tacks, staples, or pins. Additionally, signs and decorations cannot be pinned to the booth draping.

Please use S hooks to hang items from the top pipe in your booth, or clip items to the draping. You can obtain S hooks from the Fair Information booth #160.

For tabletops outside of the Main Hall, there are picture hanging tracks on the walls that can be used to hang items. To avoid marring the hanging tracks, use string or fishing line to hang your items, not metal hooks.

You are free to use a freestanding decoration or backdrop as long as it fits within your exhibit space. For draped booths, this must not be wider than 9'6"; for tabletops, no wider than 8'0". The ceiling height in the Main Exhibit Hall is 12 feet, everywhere else it is 10 feet.

Standing on the tables is not permitted. If necessary, it is recommended you bring a small step-ladder to assist with hanging your signs and decorations.

Exhibit Hall Crew and Fair Volunteers are available to help with the setup of your exhibit space. See the Fair Information Booth (#160) if you need some help. A limited number of supplies and tools are available at the Fair Information Booth.

Booth Decorating

Exhibitors are encouraged to decorate their exhibit space and wear costumes to support the theme of the Fair. This year's theme is Flower Power Where Peace and Wisdom Flourish. The Fair will feature activities, costumes, decorations, and entertainment from the 60s and 70s..

Use your imagination to design a creative, colorful and informative presentation for your exhibit space. Attendees respond to eye-catching exhibits and informative presentations. Make yours memorable.

All decorations must be fire resistant.

Booth Awards

Prizes are awarded for the the Best Decorated Exhibit Space, Most Informative Exhibit Space, and Best Overall Exhibit Space. First and second place ribbons will be awarded for each category during lunch on the main stage.

Booth Activities

All booth activities must be relevant to the purpose of the Marin Senior Fair, which means they must be relevant to the interests of seniors.

All exhibitor activities must be done within your designated exhibit space. No items or displays are allowed outside of your exhibit space. The aisles are often crowded with attendees, so we cannot allow your display to extend into the aisle.

Exhibitors may not display materials or engage in activities that are illegal or deemed (by the Exhibit Manager or Fair Committee) to be inappropriate, indecent, or unacceptable.

Internet and Power

All booths have free access to a 110v power outlet. The closest outlet may not be in your exhibit space; we suggest bringing extension cords to ensure that you can reach the nearest power outlet.

Free wireless Internet access is available throughout the Exhibit Hall. Ask at the Fair Information booth #160 for the password.

Sales

The selling of goods and services is allowed and must be done within your exhibit space.

Sound and Music

The noise level in the Main Exhibit Hall is often high due to the large number of exhibitors and the stage entertainment throughout the day. We ask that the playing of music and the use of amplification devices be kept to a level that does not disrupt the exhibitors around you.

Promotional Items and Giveaways

We encourage healthy treats and useful giveaways. Giveaways attract and encourage attendance at your exhibit space and can leave a lasting impression on your attendees well after the Fair.

Great Eats at the Fair

The Marin Senior Fair offers several food options. Food and drinks are available at the inside Snack Counter, as well as at the outdoor Food Trucks. Both inside and outside seating is available.

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