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. The Expo Building will be straight ahead on the left. Parking is ample and free all around the building.
Is this an indoor or outdoor market?
The Hobnob Hoopla! Market is an indoor event in the amazing old early 1900s Expo Building on the state fairgrounds. The building does not have its own heating system but we have huge heaters rented and it will be cozy inside. You can go in and out to take purchases to your vehicle as much as necessary.
How much is admission?
Friday Night Earlybird Shopping – Tickets are $10 per person in advance (click on Buy Tickets above) or at the door on Friday
If you purchase your Friday night Earlybird Shopping tickets in advance they include free Saturday admission – tickets purchased at the door do not. Buying Friday tickets in advance also enters you in our special pre-opening giveaway of Hobnob goodies & $250 in Hobnob CASH (free money to spend at the market!). We announce the winner around 3:55 pm on Friday.
Saturday Market Day – Admission is $5 per person at the door
Kids 12 & under are free both Friday night & Saturday
What is the Earlybird Shopping?
Your chance to get first dibs on all the wonderful vintage finds & handmade goods from 100 handpicked vintage, handmade, & boutique vendors. A fun DJ will be spinning party music for us all evening + you can enter fun giveaways.
Is food available on Friday & Saturday?
Yes, we have several food vendors serving all sorts of yummy goodness. We will also have Tuscan Hills Winery, Rolling Meadows Brewery, & Free Press Coffee onsite serving delicious drinks.
Do you allow pets?
Service animals are permitted. We request that you leave all other animals at home.
Who runs The Hobnob Market?
The Hobnob is owned and run by Scott & Holly Snelling. We live in Veedersburg, IN.
How often is The Hobnob and are there other locations?
Right now we have four Hobnob Market events a year + 1 partnership market
Hobnob Hoopla Market ~ March 8 & 9 at the Expo Building at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield IL
Hobnob Spring Market ~ April 26 & 27 at the Effingham County Fairgrounds, Altamont, IL
Back Forty Market ~ May 31 and June 1 at The Great Pumpkin Patch, Arthur, IL
Hobnob Harvest Market ~ September 6 & 7 at the Effingham County Fairgrounds, Altamont, 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. To apply please click on the Apply To Be a Vendor button at the top right of our site.
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.