Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get to the Exposition Building at the State Fairgrounds in Springfield IL?
The Exposition Building is located at 801 E Sangamon Ave in Springfield IL. From Interstate 72 coming from the East take Interstate 55 north to the Sangamon Exit IL 29 and turn left. Travel on E Sangamon for approximately 2 miles and enter Gate 1 on the State Fairgounds. Exposition Building will be straight ahead.
Is this an indoor or outdoor market?
The Hobnob Hoopla Market is an indoor event. All vendors will be inside the exposition building and on the mezzanine above the main floor. There is a elevator on site that can be used to access the mezzanine or there are several sets of stairs.
How much is admission?
Friday Night Hoopla Party – Tickets are $10 per person in advance (click on Buy Tickets above) or $15 per person at the door on Friday
Your Friday night ticket is also good for free re-admission on Saturday
Saturday Market Day – Admission is $5 per person at the door
Kids 12 & under are free both Friday night & Saturday
What is the Hoopla Party?
An earlybord shopping event! Get first dibs on all the wonderful vintage finds & handmade goods from 110+ vendors plus music, delicious food, and a cash bar. And remember – your Friday night ticket gets you back into the market for free on Saturday.
Is food available on Friday & Saturday?
Yes. The food vendors will be back with all sorts of yummy goodness. We will also have Tuscan Hills Winery onsite serving their delicious wines.
Are there hotels nearby?
Do you allow pets?
Service animals are permitted and since this is an indoor event those are the only animals allowed.
Who runs The Hobnob Market?
The Hobnob is owned and run by Scott & Holly Snelling. We live in Danville, Illinois.
How often is The Hobnob and are there other locations?
Right now we have three Hobnob Market events a year + 2 other partnership markets
Hobnob Hoopla Market ~ March 9 & 10 at the Expo Building at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield IL
Hobnob Spring Market ~ May 11 & 12 at the Effingham County Fairgrounds, Altamont, IL
Back Forty Market ~ June 1 & 2 at The Great Pumpkin Patch, Arthur, IL
Hobnob Harvest Market ~ September 7 & 8 at the Effingham County Fairgrounds, Altamont, IL
Roots Market ~ October 12, 13, & 14 during the Parke County Covered Bridge Festival in Danville, IN, at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds
Hobnob Holiday Market ~ November 16 & 17 at the Expo Building at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield IL
How can I be a vendor?
See our Vendor Details page for detailed information. We’re always seeking out new vendors who have unique merchandise and a creative style. The show is juried – meaning vendors have to apply and meet certain standards – and we always ask to see photos of your merchandise and especially displays you have set up since visual merchandising is very important to us.
Other Information to remember:
Springfield is on Central time so if you’re coming from Indianapolis or other points east you’ll be one hour ahead of Illinois.