The rain-or-shine event is an exciting showcase of both the history and continued tradition of manufacturing in Glens Falls and the surrounding region.

Join us for a fun-filled day as our grassy courtyard comes to life!
71 Lawrence Street, Glens Falls, New York 12801 • (518) 907-4478

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  • Bands Performing Live
  • Children’s Activities All Day
  • Artist Demonstrations
  • Local History Talks
  • Authors Read from their Works
  • Four floors to explore inside The Shirt Factory! Shop, Browse Galleries & View Artists at Work
  • Fine Art and Crafts for Sale by Guest Artisans

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What is LocalFest?
What is going on that day?
Who are the exhibitors?
How can I sponsor?
How can I participate as an exhibitor?
What do I need to know, as an exhibitor?

What is LocalFest?

LocalFest is a celebration of all things locally made.The third annual event, scheduled for Saturday, September 6, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., takes place at the historic Shirt Factory at the corner of Lawrence and Cooper Streets in Glens Falls, New York. The building was once home to the McMullen-Leavens Company, one of the nation’s greatest shirt and dress manufacturers. Today the building continues this tradition of artistry and excellence by providing a home to more than 80 artists and artisans’ studios, shoppes, galleries and creative and healing services.

Glens Falls is truly a unique city in that it has a strong history of manufacturing that continues to contribute to and shape the community. The current national trend of shopping locally is embodied by communities like Glens Falls which not only features many independent businesses but also boasts a number of manufacturers who create value right here in the City, just as the McMullen-Leavens Company did from 1902 to 1976.

What is on the calendar?

LocalFest features a number of local artists and crafters selling their wares and giving demonstrations, plus local food, local businesses, area arts and nonprofit organizations and much more outside in the courtyard. In 2013 we had more than 35 exhibitors! Inside The Shirt Factory, folks can tour the historic building, shop at the first floor stores, view artists at work and browse galleries.

Click here to download a printable calendar of last year’s LocalFest lineup. We are still finalizing details for 2014′s event, but you can see last year’s information below.



Shedding light on the past with multimedia history talks inside the Shirt Factory Gallery all morning.

10:15 a.m. “They Call it The Shirt Factory. What about McMullen Dresses?” with Tim Weidner of Chapman Historical Museum

11:00 a.m. “Logging in the Local Area” with logging historian Dick Nason


A full day of homegrown live music on the lawn with a mini music festival featuring ten local acts. Organized and emceed by pianist Stephen Gallucci (volunteer).

10:00 a.m. Opening remarks and National Anthem
10:15 a.m. The Skirts
10:40 a.m. Fight demo by Society for Creative Anachronism
11:20 a.m. Babies in Trees
12:10 p.m. Sam Sarsalari
12:50 p.m. The WonderBeards
1:40 p.m. Chris Cronin
2:20 p.m. Alicia Bautista
2:50 p.m. Gary Moon
3:20 p.m. Lucas Garrett
4:15 p.m. Erratic Disturbance


All afternoon, local writers read from their own recent works inside the Shirt Factory Gallery. Organized and emceed by writer Maury Thompson (volunteer).

12:45 p.m. Carol Gregson
1:15 p.m. Bernice Mennis
1:45 p.m. Vincent Palazzo
2:15 p.m. David Cederstrom
2:45 p.m. Larry Dudley
3:15 p.m. David Blow
3:45 p.m. Persis Granger
4:15 p.m. Pat Leonard


Bounce house, face painting, pony rides, paper doll project, fire truck tours and other children’s activities with organizations such as the Chapman Historical Museum, Society for Creative Anachronism, World Awareness Children’s Museum, LARAC, The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls Farmer’s Market, Tri-County Transition Initiative, Glens Falls Collaborative, North Country Arts Center, Dance Center of Queensbury and others.


Suite 105: “Falling Waters” show of David Avigdor photography at BJSArtworks Gallery on the first floor in Suite 105. Book signing by Vicki Adesso Dodd from 2 to 4 p.m. Reception for the photo show from 4 to 6 p.m.

Suite 309: Pottery by Debbie D offering ongoing pottery demonstrations during the day in Suite 309 on third floor.

Suite G05: Free acupuncture with Kat McKenzie in Suite G05 in the garden level

Who are the exhibitors?

How can I sponsor?

Easy! Just fill out our sponsorship application. Applications are due by July 1, 2014!

Here are the tiers of sponsorship:

Bronze Sponsor ($100)

  • Named as a sponsor on Facebook event
  • Complimentary booth
  • Thanked at event opening

Silver Sponsor ($250)

The above, plus:

  • Post about your company on our Facebook Page, which has 2,750+ Likes
  • Link to your website or Facebook Page from our website
  • Naming in our press release

Gold Sponsor ($500)

The above, plus:

  • Your name on advertisements
  • Your name on posters and postcards
  • Your own banner on our fence during LocalFest

Platinum Sponsor ($1,000) — Limited to 6!

The above, plus:

  • Your logo on advertisements
  • Your logo on posters and postcards
  • Your own banner hung during LocalFest at one of our building or courtyard entrances
  • A two-minute advertisement (opportunity to speak) during a set break at the event

How can I exhibit?

The event showcases businesses and artisans who are manufacturing locally, whether it be paper, cement, TV listings, catheters, baked goods, beer, soda, ice cream, produce, art, fine craft, metal, food… the sky’s the limit!

We invite you to join us as part of the colorful tapestry of local manufacturing.

  • Businesses are strongly encouraged to demonstrate or create a display of their manufacturing process, and are also welcomed to provide informational and promotional material about their company, recruit new hires and offer coupons.
  • Artists and artisans are strongly encouraged to offer demonstrations of their technique and sell their wares.
  • Food and beverage producers and restaurateurs are invited to sell their items as refreshments for the event, offer samples and tastings, and are strongly encouraged to offer information about their process. They may also carry coupons and promotions for their business.
  • Non-profit and cultural organizations are invited to table the event at a discounted rate of $25. This fee is waived if the organization offers a free interactive activity for children.

Exhibitor applications are due by July 15, 2014.

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What do I need to know, as an exhibitor?

  • LocalFest is scheduled for Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • It is a rain-or-shine event.
  • The Shirt Factory is located at the corner of Lawrence and Cooper Streets in Glens Falls, New York. Using GPS? Look us up at 71 Lawrence Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801.
  • It is an outdoor event.
  • Bring your own tent, table and chair. These are not provided.
  • Your booth size is 10′ x 10′ square.
  • Please help us promote. We will have posters and postcards for you by August 1, 2014.


  • Set up is from 8 to 10 a.m. We ask that you have your booth completely set up by 9:30 a.m.
  • Please check-in at the Shirt Factory Information Booth, located in the courtyard by the Lawrence Street entrance. Here you will be given a welcome packet and a copy of the map.
  • You will be able to drive into the courtyard to unload but after unloading, all vendors are required to park away from the building. We will direct you to a parking lot within walking distance that you can use. Do not park in the Shirt Factory parking lots! We must leave parking spaces open for visitors.
  • Take down is from 5 to 7 p.m. Please do not begin taking down until 5 p.m.


  • If selling food or beverage, you will need the proper permits.
  • We require a copy with the application. Please be in touch with us if you are unsure about what the proper permits are.
  • If selling items, you will need to register to collect sales tax and display your Certificate of Authority in your booth.


  • Booth fees are not refundable in the case of inclement weather or if the vendor cancels within 2 weeks of the event.
  • We reserve the right to reject applications for any reason. In the case of a rejection, the booth fee is refundable. Please make checks payable to Shirt Factory Gallery.