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 Holiday 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 should be toasty inside. You can go in and out to take purchases to your vehicle as much as necessary.
How much is admission?
Friday Night Making Merry Party – Tickets are $10 per person in advance (click on Buy Tickets above) or $10 per person at the door on Friday
Your Friday night online ticket is also good for free re-admission on Saturday. If you pay at the door on Friday night it is only good for that night. You would need to purchase admission on Saturday. We recommend buying online if you are planning on both days. Buying in advance also enters you in our special giveaway – the winner is announced right before we open for shopping 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 Making Merry 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
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
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.
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.