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 Why be a vendor at Spring Fling?

  • support a great cause

  • meet lots of friendly animal lovers

  • sell or promote your business

  • have fun!

Who should sign up for vending at Spring Fling?

  • Local businesses with products to sell or services to promote that are in line with Unleashed, the Dog & Cat Store's general philosophies (i.e. positive dog handling, natural products, etc.)

  • Open to all types of local businesses, not just pet-related!  

Any special activities to highlight vendors?

  • Yes!  Vendors are encouraged to give coupons, prizes, certificates, and more for our HUGE doggie Easter Egg Hunt!  Vendors are also invited to be a part of our FREE Scavenger Hunt, by giving an item for the prize basket.   

How much does it cost to be a vendor?

  • $75 for a 10 x 10 space.  Vendors are responsible for bringing own tent, table, chairs, and anything else you might need.  

  • Power hookups available for $25.  Please let us know if you need one.

  • Sponsorship is also available.  For $100, we will include you on this year's event T-Shirt and receive additional promotion.  T-shirts will be for sale, and 100% of the proceeds will go to the rescues in attendance.  T-shirt sponsorship will be limited and accepted in the order received until it's full.  Deadline for t-shirt sponsorship is TBD

  • Participation in the Easter Egg Hunt is free and we invite all vendors to give coupons, gift certificates, products, etc.  Deadline to participate is TBD.

  • Participation in the vendor Scavenger Hunt is also free with donation of an item or gift certificate for the prize basket.  Deadline to participate is TBD.

What if if rains?

  • Bring a raincoat and a tent!  The event is rain or shine.  A surprising number of people have showed up in past years despite downpours, and still had fun!  

When do I set-up?

  • Set up will be first come, first serve, starting at 7 am, and must be done by 10:45.  Break down does not start until the event ends at 3 pm, and vendors are not allowed to break down early (unless instructed to do so by an Unleashed staff member.) Further instructions will be sent closer to the event. 

What are the limitations?

  • We will limit the number of same or competing vendors.  

  • As the host of this event is Unleashed, the Dog & Cat Store, and our customers expect a certain standard from us, we will only accept pet related goods and services that meet our standards and align with our philosophies. 

    • For trainers, boarders, etc. we support positive, non-aversion animal handling.   We recommend harnesses, treat training, clicker training, and do not support shock collars and other punitive training tools.   

    • For dog products, we require no wheat, corn, soy, byproducts, chemical or artificial ingredients.                          This applies to products for sale, and giveaways and handouts.  

    • For animal care professionals, we promote holistic and integrative care.  

    • Other limitations may apply. 

Apply to be a


If you're ready to celebrate Spring, support local area animals in need, and hang with Unleashed, the Dog & Cat Store at the NC State Fairgrounds from 11-3 on Sunday, April 11, then please fill out the application below!  

Submitting this application does not guarantee your participation.  Applications will be considered in the order that they are received.  Space is limited, and limitations do apply (see above.)  Once your application has been approved, the vendor coordinator will contact you and email you an invoice.  Once your invoice is paid, we will then promote your business on our website and social media, and send you additional details.  

Sign up for 2021 is open to returning vendors starting on 2/19/21. 

Sign up will be open to everyone from 2/23/21-3/26/21.  

Applications have been shut off