Exhibitors: Overview

OVERVIEW

Welcome to IDEA’s 21st Annual Curriculum Fair! We are glad that you are here and look forward to sharing this exciting event with you in April! IDEA is pleased to present this opportunity to homeschoolers in Alaska. Our families are excited and homeschoolers throughout the state will benefit from your participation! Below you will find links to many details about our Fair. If you have any further questions, please let us know.

Table & Workshop Availability (as of 4/5/19)

Planning Your Participation & Registering

Exhibitor Registration Form ~ Registration form and detailed instructions
Workshop Information Form ~ Workshop form and detailed instructions
Options for participation ~ Not sure you can come, but want to display?
Hand-out sacks and doorprizes
Historical attendance and sales figures ~ Five-year averages, plus last year’s figures
Floor plans ~ To help you with selections for table preferences
Paperwork due dates

Planning Your Trip & Exhibiting

Daily schedules ~ All four locations
Travel to Alaska and between locations
Hotel discounts and visitor information
Shipping of materials
Additional information for exhibitors ~ Setup & takedown, display specifications, WiFi, nametags, advertising, ordering, etc.

NEW TO THE FAIR? There are four criteria to participate:

1. You must be an IDEA vendor

This Curriculum Fair / Homeschool Convention is put on by IDEA, a homeschool support program that is operated by a public school district. Exhibitors must be IDEA vendors so that IDEA families can place orders at the Fair. If you are interested in participating and are not yet an IDEA vendor, please contact one of our Fair Coordinators or Sally Javier in Anchorage (907-333-2255, email) to see about getting set up as one.

2. You must have materials to sell, rather than services.

Vendors who market services and do not have materials for sale may choose to place flyers or catalogs in the hand-out sacks that are given to attendees on the day of the Fair. If you have both materials and services to sell, you may only advertise materials at your booth. The only way to advertise services is via the hand-out sacks.

3. You must only display secular materials, things that public schools can purchase.

Because this event is put on by a public school district, exhibitors may only display materials that can be purchased by public school districts. While many of our parents chose to use privately-purchased faith-based materials for some of their homeschooling, you cannot sell or promote these materials at this event. If you are not yet an IDEA vendor and do not have materials that we can fund, we cannot allow you to participate.

4. You must be willing and able to wait for payment until July.

IDEA families must be able to place orders from you at the Fair, as opposed to paying via cash or credit at the time. (See the ordering process explained here.) The allotment money that they are tapping into is for the next school year and so money cannot change hands until the fiscal year begins on July 1st.