Notes to Artists:

  • Thank you for being with us!
  • The Sales Tax Rate in Normal is 8.75%
  • Friday Night Check-in is from 5pm to 8pm for North Street and Roundabout Only.
  • Saturday Morning Check-In begins at 5:00am for all artists.
  • All Artists Must Check-In Prior to unloading.
  • Artist are must unload completely to the sidewalk and curb before beginning set-up.  
  • Vehicles left unattended in the roadway will be towed. 
  • Artist who behave in an inconsiderate manner will be ineligible for reapplication.
  • There will be an artist's party and award's ceremony at 5pm on July 9.
  • Artist Parking is indicated on the maps. The Alamo Bookstore lot has space available in the metered section only at no charge (see map above). However, those parking in their customer spaces, adjacent to the building will be towed.   
  • Do not park in spaces labeled reserved. You will be towed.
  • The Town of Normal provides Police Officers for overnight security, however the festival and its partners assume no responsibility for your booth and its contents.
  • In the advent of heavy storms, Artists must make their own decisions regarding set-up and teardown. Festival organizers wish you to be safe at all times.
  • Artist's are responsible for weighing down their tent in the result of storms. We recommend at a minimum four 50lb  weights (sandbags, concrete anchors)
  • Refillable water containers are provided to all artists.Teams will be stopping by booths to refill supplied containers on a regular basis.
  • The Judges, independent of the MCAC staff and Board, make decisions on all prizes. 

Information for Sugar Creek Festival Artists


Saturday, July 9, 10 am - 5 pm 

(The public starts showing up around 9am) 

Sunday, July 10, 11 am - 4 pm.

The exhibiting artist must be present both days.



Only one check-in station is available Friday evening. 

It is located at the corner of  North St. and Broadway.  For those artists with booth spaces on North Street and the Roundabout, set-up is available Friday evening. Staff will be present from 5:00pm to 8:00pm.  


Only one check-in station is available Saturday morning. 

Artists on Beaufort St. may check-in beginning Saturday Morning at 5:00am. This check-in station is located at the far east end of Beauford St., at the intersection with Linden Ave. 

Vehicles must enter this street southbound only.  Saturday check-in time ends at 9:00 am. All booth areas are marked and numbered. Vehicles must be unloaded and out of the area by 9 am. No box or panel trucks are permitted on the festival streets. 


Booth Fees (Contingent on Festival Section)

Beauford St. (Standard): $175

Beauford St. (Premium): $225

North Ave.   (Standard):  $225

North Ave    (Premium):  $275

Roundabout (Standard): $275


Coffee and doughnuts are available to artists on Saturday morning. An artists' party is planned for Saturday night, complete with food and beverages. Booth-sitters will be available and cold water will be delivered to booths throughout the day. We will be providing reusable water bottles at check in. 


*All fine art and fine craft will be accepted for jurying. The artwork presented must be original and created by the exhibiting artist. However, we do allow giclee prints, provided that at least 50% of the artwork displayed is original. All work must be for sale. Castings from commercial molds, kit items, buy/sell items, offset reproductions, unlimited series and/or mass editions are prohibited. 

*Digital images submitted for MUST REPRESENT THE WORK  THAT WILL BE EXHIBITED. MCAC reserves the right to exclude any work it deems unsuitable for display, or which was misrepresented by the application materials.


A committee of practicing artists and/or MCAC staff will view each booth and visit with artists to ensure cooperation with stated policies and satisfaction of all participants. The committee reserves the right to reject or remove from the Sugar Creek Arts Festival any work it considers unsuitable, or any artist found to be in violation of the policies and rules herein described. Any exhibitor violating the rules of Sugar Creek Arts Festival will become ineligible for re-admission to future festivals. Artists misrepresenting work as their own or exhibiting buy/sell items will be dismissed from the festival immediately without refund.


Artists are responsible for their own equipment and artwork. MCAC, Sugar Creek Arts Festival, and its sponsors assume NO responsibility for lost, damaged, or stolen items.


Monetary awards are decided by a team of paid art professionals. Best in Show: $500; Fine Art: First Place $300, Second Place $200; Fine Craft: First Place $300, Second Place $200.  Judges are Tim Kowalczyk (BFA Southern Illinois University, MFA Illinois State University- Ceramics, and Adjunct Professor of Art, Illinois Central Collage)and Nancy Fewkes (BA University of Illinois, MFA Arizona University- Photography, Instructional Professor of Photography and Assistant to the Director- Illinois State University) An additional prize in honor of the late artist D. Bill is awarded for artwork that makes best use of recycled material and the winner is selected by members of D. Bill's family. 

Awards are presented at the Artist's Party on Saturday evening from 5:30 to 7:30PM.  It will be located on the second floor in the Meeting Room at the Hyatt Hotel in Uptown Normal.  The McLean County Arts Center will be providing pizza and refreshments.  There will be a cash bar available at the event.  


Accomodation Information 2016


We have a block of rooms reserved at The Chateau for Friday through Sunday (checkout date).  Check-in time is 3:00 PM and check-out time is by 12:00 PM.  Each guest is responsible for their reservation, room charges, and taxes. Reservations must be made by June 26. Rates are $75 for either single or double rooms.

Please ask for the “Sugar Creek Arts block” when calling in to make reservations.

* Reservations Manager: 309-665-5671 (M-F 7AM-3PM)

* Front Desk: 309-662-2020 (24 hours)

* Central Reservations: 866-690-4006

The Chateau Hotel & Conference Center

Ph: (309)665-5628

Fax: (309)665-5617

Map from Hotel to Festival location

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