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Frequently Asked Questions


How do I get to the Effingham County Fairgrounds?
The Effingham County Fairgrounds are located just off Interstate 70 at Exit 82. Turn North on Main Street. Continue on to the first Stop Sign and turn right on E Cumberland Road. The Fairgrounds will be about 1 mile and on your right. There is plenty of onsite parking at the Fairgrounds.

Is this an indoor or outdoor market?
The Hobnob Spring Market is an outdoor event. Vendors will be under open air barns, tents, and inside two buildings. We’ll have a large Hold Station available so you can stockpile your purchases while you continue to shop. When you’re ready to go our porters can help you load. Easy peasy!

How much is admission?
Friday Night Fresh Picked Party : Tickets are $10 per person in advance (click on Buy Tickets above) / $15 per person at the gate on Friday. Your Friday night ticket is also good for free re-admission on Saturday

Saturday Market Day : $5 per person at the gate

Kids 12 & under are free both Friday night & Saturday


What is the Fresh Picked Party?
An earlybord shopping event! Get first dibs on all the wonderful vintage finds & handmade goods from 150+ vendors plus live 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?
There are a couple hotels in Altamont and several in Effingham which is 12 miles east of the fairgrounds.

Do you allow pets?
Service animals are permitted and since this is an outdoor event we do not encourage bringing your pets, but do ask that if you do please clean up after them.

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 Spring Market ~ May 12 & 13 at the Effingham County Fairgrounds, Altamont, IL

Back Forty Market ~ June 9 & 10 at The Great Pumpkin Patch, Arthur, IL

Hobnob Harvest Market ~ September 8 & 9 at the Effingham County Fairgrounds, Altamont, IL

Roots Market ~ October 13, 14, & 15 during the Parke County Covered Bridge Festival in Rockville, IN

Hobnob Holiday Market ~ November 17 & 18, Location TBA

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 County Fairgrounds 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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