New Albany Founders Day

Be a Vendor at Founders Day

Do you have an awesome food truck or trailer, or a great product to sell? Are you looking to promote your local business? With an average 7,000 attendees each year, Founders Day is a great way to gain exposure in the community!

In 2024, there are two options for food vendors:

Please note that spaces sold out very quickly in 2023, so be sure to apply now to get your spot!

Vendor Space Options

  • Non-Profit Group (space 10′ x 10′ and smaller): $25
  • For-Profit Group (space 10′ x 10′ and smaller): $50
  • For-Profit Group (any space up to 10′ x 20′*): $100
  • Food Truck**: $100 SOLD OUT
  • Food Truck at the Parade Staging Grounds: $100

Vendor applications are due on May 3, 2024. If you would like to apply after the deadline, please contact us. We reserve the right to deny any late registrations and an additional fee of $25 may be applied.

*Vendors wishing to reserve a space larger than 10′ x 20′ need to contact us before registering.

**Food trucks may not rent a tent without reserving an additional 10′ x 10′ space.

We are no longer accepting applications.

Please check back in early 2025 for more information or to apply..

Vendor FAQs

We welcome almost any kind of business or organization to be a vendor at Founders Day.

Although we do have a lot of food vendors, we also have dozens of local businesses and organizations who setup to sell or provide information about their products or services, provide information, advocate for a cause, or just do something fun for the community.

Vendors may not promote or sell the following items:

  • Alcohol.
  • Drugs of any kind, even recreational.
  • Guns, knives, or other weapons.
  • Pornography or adult media.
  • Items featuring vulgar, obscene, or sexual language or images.
  • Items promoting violence, bullying, or other aggressive and negative behaviors.
  • Anything illegal or illicit.
  • Items which break copyright rules or infringe upon the rights of the original creator or manufacturer.

Founders Day reserves the right to deny any vendor who we feel does not align with the spirit of the festival.

Yes, you must be fully licensed and in good standing with the county/state to sell food products. It is not unusual for the Franklin County Department of Health to visit festivals to check licenses.

Any food business found to be operating without a valid license will be asked to stop selling immediately and will forfeit their right to exhibit in the future.

We are looking for coffee and other beverage, bubble tea, donuts, pastries, and other breakfast items. There is a mix of both adults and children, so having options that appeal to both is recommended.

No. Vendors at the festival grounds must be setup by 10:00 AM so there will not be time to move from one location to the other. If you have multiple food trucks, you are welcome to reserve spaces at each location.

10′ x 10′ tents are available for a fee of $25 and are reserved on a first-come-first-served basis. Setup and tear down will be provided. Food trucks who wish to rent a tent must pay for an additional vendor spot. Tents are not available at the parade staging grounds.

Water and electricity hookups are not available. Please plan accordingly.

Festival site vendors must be ready to start selling at 10:00 AM and finish at 5:00 PM.

Parade staging site vendors must be ready to start selling at 9:00 AM and finish at approximately 11:00 – 11:30 AM (once the parade has left the staging lot.)

Festival site vendors may set up the Friday prior to the event from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM or any time Saturday morning. Vendors must be set up by 10:00 AM.

Parade staging site vendors must be set up by 8:30 AM.

Tear down may not begin any earlier than 5:00 PM. Any vendor who tears down early may forfeit their right to exhibit in the future.

Parade staging site vendors  can start tearing down at approximately 11:00 – 11:30 AM (once the parade has left the staging lot.)

Once you are setup, the best place for vendors to park is the New Albany Middle or High School parking lots, or at the McCoy Center. Please see the map for more information…

Vendor’s onsite location will not be assigned until the day before the festival and will be communicated on sight, before setup.

All registration fees are non-refundable. The only exception to this rule is if Founders Day is canceled due to a pandemic-related cancelation.

The event occurs rain or shine. We recommend all vendors either bring their own tent or enclosure or rent one of ours.

Vendor applications are due on May 3, 2024. If you would like to apply after the deadline, please contact us. We reserve the right to deny any late registrations and an additional fee of $25 may be applied.

What Vendors Will be at Founders Day This Year?

Please check back in March to see an updated list of vendors.

Food

  • Tito’s Asian Kitchen
  • Snow Sisters
  • A&E Gluten Free
  • Coco Cat Confections
  • Weathervane Kettle Corn
  • Pitabilities
  • Johnson’s Real Ice Cream
  • Demos Grille
  • Fancy Feeding You
  • Mandan Ice Cream
  • Tortilla Street Food
  • Hibachi Run
  • Adventure Bite Cuisine
  • Kona Ice
  • Cosmic Kettle Corn
  • Schmidt’s
  • Ruggie’s Rolling Restaurant
  • Lions Club

Vendors

  • Cierra Lauren Boutique Truck
  • Buckeye Bows
  • Club Pilates
  • Color Street
  • Samantha Rose Candle Company
  • Re-Hydrate Wellness LLC
  • Athletico Physical Therapy
  • Chocolates & More LLC
  • Orangetheory Fitness
  • DripBar
  • Angry Dad’s Jerky
  • The Sound Room at Polaris
  • Leaf Home Water Solutions
  • The Fire Den
  • Buff City Soap
  • Aladdin’s
  • America’s Best Choice Windows
  • Level Up Baths
  • 80 Acres Farm
  • GoYoga
  • Morgan Stanley
  • JJ’s Meats Fixins’
  • Garage Experts of Columbus
  • Roosevelt Ave Wreaths
  • Buff City Soap
  • Wildflour Sweets
  • Everyday Waterproofing
  • Mad Max Barkery
  • New Albany Dance Festival
  • TWIG Childrens Hospital
  • Digital Eagles
  • The Fable Collection
  • Garraabrant Glass
  • Bath Experts
  • F45
  • Leaf Guard
  • CrossFit New Albany
  • Effortless Chic Boutique
  • Parker Jane Boutique
  • Ellie Mental Health