Last year's Wars of the Roses had record attendance of more than 600 people! This year, we're hoping to break that record! At Wars of the Roses we offer heavy fighting, fencing, target archery, thrown weapons, youth fighting & fencing, an arts and sciences display, bardic activities, dancing, brewing, family activities, and so much more! We're hoping to expand our merchants this year as well. With this many people in attendance, and having shelter for all of the merchants who would like it, Wars of the Roses has a lot going for it! Here's what The Haunted Bookshop said about merchanting at last year's Wars of the Roses:
War of the Roses in NY was a very good show for us. I brought down 38 boxes of books, set up on 2 8 ft tables and 1 six foot table, plus two small six ft plastic tables for Kendrick and his bookbinding supplies. I was a little concerned, since there were only 4 vendors in the area we were, plus one outside and one in the food hall besides the two food merchants. Low on merchants...this should be rectified, tis a good show. All the vendors did well that I talked to. .Thought there would be 300 max of people attending. Ended up being 600 in their new location.
The show was three hours away - thought what the heck. Plus the merchant area was INSIDE! The weather averaged 93 degrees each day and people were very hot. However, we did very well. I doubled what I had wanted to make plus Kendrick had a few sales as well. This show is definitely going on our calendar for next year.
The merchant camping area was right next to the Merchant building and the parking lot right next to the camping area so very easy access for everything. Next year will bring more fans now that I know there are plenty of outlets for electricity plus I don't need to bring lights - very well lit. Everyone was very friendly. Decided not to make our own food since Kate's Kakes had breakfast and Mongolian Wok had lunch and dinner. The merchant liason, autocrats, barons and baronesses were very attentive to the needs of the merchants and checked in on us to make sure there was anything we needed. I was very impressed. Plus there was a good flow of customers for a small show. I hope other merchants looking for a show will look into this one. Attendees looking for an SCA event should look into this one as well! They had classes - I will attend those next year plus dancing, fighting and bardic activities among other things.. It is always Memorial Day Weekend. The site is a large site and I can see War of the Roses growing into it and using the other buildings - tis an old 4H camp with amenities like showers, bathrooms etc..
Gwyneth. The Haunted Bookshop
If you're interested in being a Merchant at Wars of the Roses XXXVIII, please complete the application on the Merchant page. Please remember, the site does require all food vendors to list them as an insured on your liability insurance policy for the duration of the event. Food vendors may purchase this from the site for $100.00.