Crafters Information

Welcome fellow crafters to Nutcracker Sweets.

*For more information on Nutcracker Sweets, view our latest presentation by clicking here.

Please pay close attention to the following information and make plans to join us!

Fee:   Booth spaces cost $250.00.  A $50.00 application deposit is applied toward this fee or returned to you after jurying if you are not selected for this year’s show.  The $200 balance is due July 15th.  There are no additional fees.  Reimbursement of booth fee upon withdrawing from the show is at the discretion of the Nutcracker committee.

Booths:   The show is held in a beautiful, historic Western Reserve church, so booth spaces are irregular in shape and size  (approx. 8′ X 10′). The individual spaces are located on any one of the 5 levels of our Church and stairs are required to access many of them.  It helps if your booth layout can be flexible.  We provide 2 chairs and one 8 ft. table as needed (we also have a small number of 6’ tables, available on a first come basis).

Advertising:    The show is well publicized in newspapers throughout the greater Cleveland/Akron area.  Postcards are also sent to past attendees prior to the show and a bulk mailing is made to all residents of Aurora. In addition the show is posted to The Church in Aurora Facebook page.

Food:   Free coffee, tea and donuts are provided for the exhibitors throughout the show.  Fresh soups, salads, sandwiches, our special cake and dinners are prepared daily in our church kitchen.  Delicious homemade pies are also available.  Friday evening’s dinner features Chicken Almondine.  All of the food and beverages are very reasonably priced.

Security:   We pay an overnight watchman to stay in the building both Thursday and Friday nights until we arrive the next morning, so you can safely leave your booths stocked once they are set up.  No one except the watchman and the Nutcracker chairmen are allowed in the building after closing time.

Hosts/Hostesses:   Hosts/Hostesses are available to assist you during show hours.  They will bring you food and beverages or booth-sit for short periods if you like.   Please do not leave your booth unattended at any time.  If you need help of any kind, please ask a host/hostess, and you will be assisted.

Jurying:   Our jury will make its selections based on quality of workmanship, creativity, uniqueness and attractiveness of exhibit.  We would love to see your work in person, but you must still submit pictures.  Jurying will begin in February and you will hear from us as soon as our final selections are made.

Set-up:   The doors will open Thursday from 12 noon – 9 PM and Friday beginning at 7:00 AM for exhibitors to begin setting up.  Although the doors will open at noon on Thursday, help for unloading will not be available until 3 PM.  Since the show opens at 10:00 AM on Friday, we ask that booth set-up be completed by 9:30 AM.  Our building has five levels and you must be prepared to unload and set up your display on any of these levels.  Once this is done you can leave everything in place until the show is over.  The doors will be open for you at 8:00 AM on Saturday.

Break Down:   Break-down will begin as soon as the show ends at 4:00 PM on Saturday.  You must keep your booth open until then, so bring a good supply of your work.  Attendees are buyers! There are usually Workcampers, young people and other church volunteers available to help you un-load and load.  Our workcampers volunteer on both Thursday and Saturday in order to earn credits towards their summer workcamp mission projects.

Location:  We’re located in Aurora, Ohio at the corner of Routes 43 and 306. Locate our map here.

Rules and Regulations

  • All work must be original.  Please note we do not accept dealers, imports, wholesalers or commercially made products. Buy-sell items will not be permitted. Thank you.
  • Only items juried will be permitted to be sold.
  • Booths must be attractively displayed.  Boxes and other items not used in the display must be kept out of sight at all times.
  • There is a limited amount of space in the Church sanctuary for inventory.
  • Exhibitors must provide skirts for tables.  Coverings must be neat, clean, unstained and without holes or frays and must cover at least 3 sides of the table. Please do not use bedsheets.
  • Backdrops or display props must not exceed 8 ft. in height and must be kept within the boundaries of one’s own exhibit.
  • Booths must be attended at all times.  The church’s Women’s Guild will provide host/hostesses to be booth-sitters if needed.
  • Soliciting of trade must be limited to your allotted space.
  • Good care must be taken of The Church in Aurora facilities.  Please do not nail, tape or pin to walls or draperies.
  • There will be no smoking in the facility by order of the Aurora Fire Chief.  This is a very old structure and every precaution must be taken to protect it.
  • Limited electrical outlets are available.  Exhibitors must provide their own UL-approved heavy-duty extension cords.
  • Exhibits must remain complete and open until the close of business the final day.
  • Parking: In order to have room for customers to park, crafter vehicles (cars/trailers etc) may not be parked in the Church/City Hall parking lot. Crafters may park across the side street (Pioneer) in the Kiwanis Moore parking lot, or across the main street (Rt. #43/Chillicothe) in the Library parking lot. Any questions, ask Muriel or Peter French.

For more information on how to participate, or if you have any questions, please contact our Nutcracker Sweet chair, Muriel French at 330-562-3352 or