Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get to the Effingham County Fairgrounds in Altamont IL?
The Effingham County Fairgrounds are located just off Interstate 70 at exit 82. Turn North on IL 128 and go to the first stop sign and turn right. This is Cumberland Road. Continue on Cumberland Road approximately 1 mile to the entrance on your right to the Effingham County Fairgrounds.
Is this an indoor or outdoor market?
The Hobnob Spring Market is an indoor and outdoor event. We have vendors inside enclosed barns and under open air barns. We also put up big festival tents and have vendors outside in their own tents.
How much is admission?
Friday Night Fresh Picked 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 Fresh Picked Party?
An earlybird 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?
Yes. A list is located on our website under the Hotel tab.
Do you allow pets?
Service animals are permitted. With this market having vendors outside and inside some of the barns we just ask that you clean up after your pets.
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 + 2 other partnership markets
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
2019 Hobnob Hoopla Market ~ March 8 & 9 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:
Altamont is on Central time so if you’re coming from Indianapolis or other points east you’ll be one hour ahead of Illinois.