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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get to the Thelma Keller Convention Center in Effingham?
The Thelma Keller Convention Center is located off of Exit 160 in Effingham.  Take this exit and turn North and at the Jack Flash Gas Station you can make a right and drive straight to the main Convention Center entrance.  You may also travel to the stop light (Avenue of Mid America) and turn right and park in the Holiday Inn parking lot and enter through the hotel entrance to get to the Hobnob.

Is this an indoor or outdoor market?
The Hobnob Holiday Market is an indoor event. Vendors will be in the main ballroom as well as all of the rooms across the main aisle.  There are also rooms that are attached to the hotel that we will have vendors placed in.  We will have plenty of signs to help direct you around so you don’t miss anyone.

How much is admission?
Friday Night Making Merry 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 Making Merry Party?
An earlybord shopping event! Get first dibs on all the wonderful vintage finds & handmade goods from 70+ 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?
The Holiday Inn is attached to the Convention Center and there are several hotels within walking distance.

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 Holiday Market ~ November 17 & 18, Thelma Keller Convention Center, Effingham IL

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

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:
The Effingham is on Central time so if you’re coming from Indianapolis or other points east you’ll be one hour ahead of Illinois.

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