ClovisFest & Hot Air Balloon Fun Fly

ClovisFest Presented By Clovis Chamber of Commerce and Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino!

PRESENTING SPONSOR

ClovisFest & Hot Air Balloon Fun Fly

2021 46th Annual

Saturday, September 25th 8am-5pm & Sunday, September 26th 8am-5pm

Registration for Returning Vendors and New Vendors is open.

September means falling autumn leaves, changing weather and the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino ClovisFest and Noble Credit Union Hot Air Balloon Fun Fly, a Clovis Chamber Event. Join thousands of Clovis and Fresno locals in visiting Old Town Clovis for free, family fun at the upcoming 46th Annual ClovisFest! This year’s event has been given a big facelift with the addition of long-awaited new attractions like the Fresno/Clovis Convention & Visitors Bureau‘s ClovisFest International Village – where you and your family will experience cultural adventures and wonderful live performances. We’ve worked hard to enhance this year’s event including a wide range of hot air balloons, unique craft vendors, festival foods, and our cultural adventure, the Fresno/Clovis Convention & Visitor’s Bureau International Village on Bullard. Get to the Clovis Rodeo grounds before sunrise and feast your eyes on the majestic hot air balloons readying for takeoff! You’ll want to arrive very early on Saturday and Sunday to ensure a good vantage point to watch these beauties launch. Most often, our balloon pilots begin inflating around 6:15 am and plan for liftoff around 7:00 am, weather permitting. Visitors will be able to enjoy delicious breakfast items while they wait for the festivities to begin. Unfortunately, balloon rides are not available to the public.

All About ClovisFest 2021

ClovisFest spans over twelve city blocks, including side streets where you’ll discover over 200 craft and commercial vendor booths, in addition to our International Village. After the early morning hot air balloon launch, walk across to Pollasky Avenue where family fun begins! Visit our newest attraction, the Fresno/Clovis Convention & Visitors Bureau ClovisFest International Village, featuring live multicultural performances, storytelling and various booths selling international food and wares. Don’t miss the Grand Opening Ceremony at 9 am sharp, on Saturday. Live performances will take place on stage at Bullard & Woodworth – all day from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn more about diverse cultures – close to home in the Central Valley.

Interested in being a performer in the International Village or having a cultural booth with the potential to perform? Download our application & submit to Priscilla Montell at the Clovis Chamber of Commerce with the deposit. You will also want to download the Clovis Chamber of Commerce mobile app so that you can view our mobile ClovisFest Directory! The mobile app will also provide a wonderful overview of ClovisFest vendors, attractions, and entertainment schedules to make your experience even better. You’ll even receive a text notification before each performance in our Beer Garden! Follow the official ClovisFest Facebook page for updates and details on everything leading up to this event! If great food is on your agenda, stop at the many vendors along Pollasky for kettle corn, shaved ice, cotton candy, delicious smoothies, and more. Then go to the Bullard Food Court where you’ll find a diverse selection of old favorites as well as some new, more exotic menus to try out. Enjoy a cool Pepsi product or hot coffee with a wide range of savory and sweet treats to suit any taste throughout the entire ClovisFest event. Searching for great music, refreshing beverages and good times hanging out with friends? Visit the Michelob ULTRA Beer Garden to enjoy a cool brew while listening to an impressive schedule of the local area bands and maybe kick your heels up a bit.


Made In Clovis: A Celebration of Creativity At ClovisFest

Made In Clovis was developed as a way to showcase the amazing work of local creators who embody the do-it-yourself spirit and want to share their talents with an appreciative audience. Made in Clovis is part invention, part innovation, and all creativity. It’s a celebration for tech wizards, crafters, tinkerers, food artisans, hobbyists, engineers, science buffs, artists, students, and commercial organizations.

This event is for those who have succeeded in building a better mousetrap, or perhaps created something to solve a problem that we didn’t know existed, and everything in between. Made In Clovis participants will be featured in a special section of ClovisFest in Old Town Clovis on September 25 & 26, 2021. The owner/applicant/creator must erect their booth/display in their assigned location and must be on-site at their booth both Saturday, September 25 and Sunday, September 26 from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. Participants must apply for acceptance into the Made In Clovis section of ClovisFest.

If accepted, you will receive a booth space in the Made In Clovis section of ClovisFest at a very low rate. During the event, selected participants will be visited by local business leaders, mentors, city officials, and entrepreneurs who will appraise each participant and select several to receive follow-up mentoring, training, and resources to further expand their business/invention or idea. Our goal is to find the best, most creative participants with the best ideas and help them reach greater success. Think of Made In Clovis as a type of “Shark Tank” without the sharks and without the tank.

Important Dates
Application Deadline: August 19, 2021
Notice of Acceptance: August 26, 2021
Event Dates: September 25 & 26, 2021

We are currently accepting applications for items/inventions/ideas in the following categories:

Technology
Do you have an idea for a gadget that is sure to simplify the lives of everyone who uses it? This is the category for you. Technology doesn’t necessarily mean electronic. Remember, a pencil with a built-in eraser was once considered “technology.”

Food
Do you have an idea for a new food product that will change the way we eat? Maybe it’s a process that makes preparing a particular dish better and faster than anyone ever imagined. Or maybe you have an idea for a type of cookie that nobody has ever tasted. Whatever you got, we want to see it.

Crafts
We’re not talking about a wood-carved sign that says “Home Sweet Home” here. We want to see some handmade crafts that we haven’t seen before. Something brand new. Something so cool that we just can’t live without it.

Other
This is more than a catch-all category. This is for inventions and innovations which are so inventive and innovative that we can’t even imagine what they look like, let alone what they do. It’s up to you to show us what you got.

Commercial
Do you operate a business that utilizes an innovative process to create goods? Maybe you use a special tool or machine to accomplish your day-to-day operations. Or maybe the item that you make can’t be found anywhere else in the world. This is your opportunity to show off what you do.

Made In Clovis is a special section of ClovisFest presented by the City of Clovis and the Clovis Chamber of Commerce. It is for participants 18 years and older.

If you are under 18 years old, you can apply to be part of the special children’s section of Made in Clovis known as the Children’s Business Fair Fresno/Clovis 2021.

The Children’s Business Fair Fresno/Clovis 2021 is for children aged 6-16 years old. For more information, please visit childrensbusinessfair.org/fresno-clovis or email [email protected].

Invitation to Apply

You are invited to apply for Made in Clovis, a unique exhibition of originality at ClovisFest. This event will feature the work of tech wizards, crafters, tinkerers, food artisans, hobbyists, engineers, science buffs, artists, students, and commercial organizations. Full vendor information will be provided by email 7-10 days before the market. Please understand that categories have limited availability.

Eligibility
All participants must create their own work. Resale, import, professional vendors, and otherwise sourced goods are not what this portion of ClovisFest is about. This is for truly new and unique items and exhibits. The name of the event is “Made in Clovis,” but don’t get hung up if you don’t live or work here. If you are from Fresno County, we want to see what you got. Food vendors may only sell or give away pre-packaged food and a current health permit (food) for Fresno County or the State of California. Vendors are responsible for their own sales, collecting sales tax, and reporting to the BOE.

Space for each category is extremely limited it is possible that not all applicants will be accepted. If you are not selected, please don’t take it personally, we will keep you informed about other opportunities. Once your application is submitted you will be notified of your acceptance.
Prior or current vendors at Big Hat Days or ClovisFest are not eligible to participate in the Made In Clovis section of ClovisFest. This section is for amateur entrepreneurs/creators/innovators that are ready to showcase their talents to the world.

Booth Fees & Sizes
All vending/booth spaces are $50 per space. All vending/booth spaces are 10’ x 10’.

Booth Set-Up and Operation
In addition to the load in/load out and general event information, please note that you are responsible for your own display(s), tents, canopies, umbrellas, tables, chairs, and anything else you need to sell or display your goods. There are no items available to rent and/or borrow on the day of the event. You may not vacate your provided space before the event is over on each day; no early tear down. Further rules and regulations will be forwarded to participants if accepted.

Physical Layout
• Made in Clovis will take place during ClovisFest on September 25 & 26, 2021.
• Made in Clovis will be located on Pollasky Avenue, between Seventh and Eighth Streets.
• Signage, flags, banners, or other entry feature will be used to define the entrance to this section.
• Due to planned limited exhibit days/times, the Kids exhibits will be located on the south end of this section.
• With the exception of the Kids’ all other categories will be limited to about five exhibitors each.

To apply
Please fill out the Made in Clovis application form and email the completed form to [email protected] by August 19, 2021. If you have any questions, you may call the Clovis Chamber of Commerce at 559-299-7363. This is a juried event, and all applications are subject to selection by the Made In Clovis selection committee. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by August 26, 2021. Applications without photos or all required information fields completed will be considered incomplete and will be rejected.

 

Chamber Contact:

Email: [email protected] Phone: (559) 299-7363

Advertise In The ClovisFest Tabloid Insert:

A special tabloid will promote this year’s ClovisFest, Hot Air Balloon Fun Fly, and International Village. Don’t miss this great advertising opportunity. The tabloid will be inserted into the Clovis Roundup’s mid-September 2021 edition. Contact Diana Hunnicutt at (559) 299-7363 or [email protected] for more information. The ad deadline is Friday, August 27, 2021. Download Flyer Here.

Past Articles & News:

Read the Guide to the 45th Annual ClovisFest
Read About the International Village & Performers

Read about last year’s ClovisFest!

Official Hashtag:

#CLOVISFEST21

Pets:

According to the city of Clovis ordinance, pets are NOT allowed at Old Town events. This includes those carried or pushed in a cart. Please respect your fellow visitors and leave Fido at home. There are many children in strollers who are at your pet’s eye and mouth level. Thank you.

Hours:

Balloon inflation starts on both days at 6:15 am. Lift off at 7 am, weather permitting, no public rides available. Festival Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 8 – 5 pm Due to pilot liability, no public rides will be given.

Directions:

Balloon lift off is from the Clovis Rodeo Grounds on the east side of Clovis Avenue between Fifth Street and Bullard.

GPS setting:
748 Rodeo Dr, Clovis
Coming from Highway 99 going north:
Take the Clovis Avenue exit (south of Fresno) to the right and travel about 12 miles to Old Town Clovis. When you pass Shaw Avenue, you’re almost there
Coming from Highway 99 going south:
Take the 180 exit (just past Belmont Ave), continue to Hwy 168 exit to Clovis. Take the Bullard Exit, travel east and follow the signs
GPS setting:
325 Pollasky Ave, Clovis (location of the Chamber of Commerce within the festival)

Parking:

Parking is free in surrounding lots and streets. The largest lot is located at the Clovis Rodeo Grounds, on the east side of Clovis Ave between Bullard and 5th Streets GPS setting: 748 Rodeo Dr, Clovis. The Explorers Police Cadets will escort you across Clovis Ave to the festival. Handicapped parking is located at Fifth and Clovis on both the north and south sides of Fifth street and in the American Legion parking lot at 4th street and Woodworth.

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Hotel Accommodations

Company Name Contact Address Phone Website
America's Best Value Inn & Suites Clovis Peter Patel 1616 Clovis Ave. 559-298-0775 www.abviclovis.com
Clovis Hilton Garden Inn Johnnie Harris 520 W. Shaw Ave. 559-299-2203 www.clovis.hgi.com
Comfort Suites - Clovis Shelly Hogenson 143 Clovis Ave. 559-299-9992 www.comfortsuites.com
Fairfield Inn & Suites Susan Mullanax 50 N Clovis Ave. 559-323-8080 www.marriott.com
Hampton Inn & Suites Clovis Carrieanne Gustafson 855 Gettysburg Avenue 559-348-0000
Homewood Inn & Suites by Hilton, Clovis Janet Taylor 835 Gettysburg Ave. 559-312-1028
Piccadilly Inn Express Diane Colebrook 5113 E McKinley Ave 559-375-7720
Piccadilly Inn Shaw Paula Flores 2305 W. Shaw Ave. 559-348-5520
Fairfield Inn Fresno Yosemite International Ginka Petrova 1535 N. Peach Ave. 559-825-5200