FAQs

Q: Where is the Sweet Pea office?

A: The office is located on the 2nd floor of the Jacobs Crossing building at 424 E. Main St., Ste 203B. Enter the lobby by the Sage Salon and proceed up the stairs to the second floor.  Office hours: Sept-May, Tues-Fri, 11-3; June-July, Tues-Fri, 11-5

Q: Why do volunteers have to purchase their own admission?

A: We, Sweet Pea as a board, understand the concern regarding volunteers purchasing their own admission. In fact, there have been several discussions over the years about how we could offer free admissions. The policy set forth by the original founders back in 1978 has remained unchanged for a couple of reasons:

1) Sweet Pea is run by hundreds of volunteers. Some of these volunteers give an hour of their time to do a job such as delivering posters to local businesses and other volunteers give hundreds of hours through the course of a year by being on the board (all volunteers, including board members, no matter how many hours they’ve given pay their own admission). Sweet Pea’s policy is to recognize all volunteers and contributors equally no matter the amount of time volunteered or the dollar value of items contributed. This recognition is in the form of our annual thank you ad that runs in the Chronicle in August.

2) Fiscally, the Festival cannot afford to offer free admissions to the hundreds of volunteers that give varying amounts of time.

3) Giving admission bands to those who give of their time is a form of compensation; no longer making this a volunteer organization.

Sweet Pea’s mission is to promote and cultivate the arts. If a net gain is realized from a Festival it is given back to the community in the form of grants for the arts and art education, special projects, and park improvements. Due to increasing operational costs, Sweet Pea has not realized a net gain in the recent past. Unfortunately, giving free admission to hundreds of volunteers would be further detrimental to the ability for Sweet Pea to support the arts community.

Q: Where is Jacobs Crossing?

A: Jacobs Crossing is located at 424 E. Main on the south side of the street, across from the Rockford Coffee just down from the Corner of Main and Rouse. Look for the sweet pea windsocks at the lobby entrance. View map >

Q: Where can I find information about the adult 5 and 10K runs?

A: Registration information for the “Stampede” is available at: http://winddrinkers.org/stampede/.

Q: What do I need to do to have an arts & crafts booth?

A: The Sweet Pea Arts and Crafts Show is a juried event. Artists submit pictures of their work to Sweet Pea, via an online application service, in early February. Jurors select the participants and artists are notified mid-April. The application deadline for 2013 was April 7th. If you are interested in participating in the future, please watch our website for details in late January each year. For more information see the application instructions.

Q: Who runs the Sweet Pea Festival?

A: The Sweet Pea Festival is governed by a 42 member Board of Directors and would not be possible without the help of hundreds of Festival-time volunteers from the community.

Q: Where do the profits go?

A: All proceeds from the Sweet Pea Festival are given back to the community! Sweet Pea is a non-profit organization. All money raised above what is needed to put the Festival on is given back to the community in the form of grants for the arts, arts education, and special projects.

Q: What is not permitted at the Festival?

A: No alcohol, pets, smoking, weapons, unauthorized vendors, vehicles.

Q: Am I allowed to use Sweet Pea’s name or logo in my advertising?

A: Yes, but there are certain restrictions. Please read Sweet Pea’s Logo & Name Usage Guidelines. If you have further questions please call our office at 406.586.4003.