Exhibitor Information

StarLight Festival Exhibitors


MAY 26 - 27, 2018

The University of Chicago's Yerkes Observatory - "The Birthplace of Modern Astrophysics", Chicago's Adler Planetarium, the Astronomy Outreach Network and the Wisconsin Department of Tourism are joining forces to bring astronomy, science and technology to students, young adults, families and the "scientifically curious" on Memorial Day weekend, May 26 - 27, 2018, to celebrate the 150 th anniversary of the birth of George Ellery Hale, the builder of the four largest telescopes in the world between 1897 and 1949, and the "Father of Modern Astrophysics." Starlight Festival 2018 will be a fitting tribute to Hale's lifetime of scientific and educational achievements.

The facilities of the famous Yerkes Observatory, home of the 40-inch "Great Refractor", the worlds' largest lens-type telescope located in Williams Bay, Wisconsin on the shores Geneva Lake, will be filled with hands-on experiences in astronomy, science and technology during the two-day outdoor festival. Geneva Lake is a prime Wisconsin vacation and resort destination for Midwesterners located just two hours or less by car from all parts of the Chicagoland area, and one hour from Milwaukee and Madison.

Manufacturers and retailers will demonstrate and sell the latest in astronomy and science education related gear during Starlight Festival 2018. Yerkes Observatory Staff will offer tours of the beautiful, unique and historic building, once the center of worldwide astronomical study and research. Scientists, astronomers and experts will present hour-long programs under a large tent throughout the weekend. Science exhibits, demonstrations and surprises - including rocket launches by WOOSH (Wisconsin Organization of Spacemodeling Hobbyists) - will amaze, entertain and educate an expected audience of thousands of visitors per day!

As a major player in the fields of astronomy, science and technology, we invite you to be part of Starlight Festival 2018 by exhibiting, promoting and selling your products. This exciting, targeted event will put your products in front of thousands of people, including families with school-age children who will travel to Geneva Lake area for Memorial Day weekend, looking for new and exciting things to do and learn.

A generous grant from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism will fund an aggressive marketing campaign beginning in late April combining radio, online and print ads targeting families in Chicago, Milwaukee and Madison. The plan will produce over 6 million impressions over a six-week period unprecedented for a science-related event anywhere in the world! Ads will direct visitors to the Festival website (www.starlightfestival.com) to learn more and for free registration beginning March 1.

Vendor information and pricing can be found on the next two pages. Thank you! and we look forward to partnering with you at Starlight Festival 2018!


2018 Exhibitor Application and Fee Schedule

StarLight Festival Exhibitor Map

Exhibitor Tents for the 2018 StarLight Festival will be on the lawn facing the Yerkes Observatory front entrance highlighted in green.

Exhibitors will be in 10x10 tents, which can be combined. Exhibitors must use tents supplied through Yerkes Observatory. Proof of liability insurance is required

Collecting Sales Tax in the State of Wisconsin

For sales over $2000 you must collect and report sales to the State of Wisconsin. Exhibitors can apply online on the State of Wisconsin Department of Revenue website. Once you have completed the application process you will be given a tax number in one to two business days. After the event Exhibitors will file an ST12 Return, and if your business is from out of state, you can close out your account after the festival. 

Deadline for Exhibitor Requests is May 15th, 2018. 

To obtain additional exhibitor information, please contact Dan Koehler at dkoehler@yerkes.uchicago.edu
(262) 245-5555 ext: 825