Frequently Asked Questions
Why do I have to pay $15 to enroll?
The $15 processing fee is required for every enrollment. It is designed to keep the individual activity costs as low as possible, so the fee is not spread into the individual activity costs and you are not paying extra for things you may not be purchasing. The $15 processing fee is required for every enrollment and includes entrance to the Special Exhibits and Vendor Mall.
Can I attend the Special Exhibit & Vendor Mall without enrolling?
I don’t have an email address, how will I know that I am enrolled?
Your credit card charge statement or canceled personal check will serve as your confirmation; you will not receive any other confirmation. Please be aware that if you registered for a workshop, updates are only available if an e-mail is supplied. You will need to call in June for updates and a supply list if no e-mail is supplied.
I’ve already enrolled but I need to make changes, how do I change my order?
Please call us at 260-768-4147 to complete any changes or cancellations. We will need your confirmation number and your credit card in order to properly issue credit or charge additional amounts. Your credit card will be adjusted for the amount of the difference in original and replacement order. You may cancel or change activities up until June 1. The processing fee is non-refundable and any cancellations resulting in only Shop Hop and/or Special Exhibit & Vendor Mall activities remaining will be refunded in full, less the processing fee, as these activities require the purchase of another item.
An activity I want is full, what should I do?
Add yourself to the waiting list. You may still choose that activity, just select it the same as you would for an activity that is still available. Continue your enrollment, and your confirmation will state, "You are on the wait-list" next to any activity that is full. Your credit card will not be charged for any activity for which you have been wait-listed. If a spot becomes available you will be moved from the wait-list to the activity, your credit card will be charged at that time, and you will receive a confirmation email letting you know you are enrolled in the activity.
Can I bring my child with me to my activities? They’re really good, I promise!
Maybe. A separate paid enrollment is required for each participant regardless of age. Children 10 and under are free with a paid adult admission only for the Special Exhibit & Vendor Mall. They may accompany you as you go to shops for the Shop Hop, but materials are not given to anyone without a purchased passport.
Can I enroll on-site?
Yes, for some activities. If space is still available, workshops and lectures can be purchased on-site during Festival. The $15 processing fee will be charged regardless of when you enroll for workshops and lectures. Please remember that workshops require supplies, which will need to be planned for in advance. Special Exhibit & Vendor Mall and Shop Hop Passports only may be purchased on-site without the $15 processing fee. Schoolhouse are not available for purchase on-site due to catering requirements.
Do you offer any discounts?
Yes, for the Quilt & Vendor Show only a discount for groups of 25 or more is available. Groups should call 260-768-4147 for more information. Although not a discount, we do have a volunteer program that offers a number of complimentary benefits. See our Volunteer page for more information or call 877-768-1945 and speak with our Volunteer Coordinator.
Since I have to check-in, when should I plan to arrive?
Please plan to arrive approximately 2 hours prior to your first activity. All enrollment information needs to be picked up at the Farmstead Inn Expo Barn. You will need your badge to enter any Lecture, Workshop, Quilt Academy, and the Special Exhibit & Vendor Mall. Like at airports, it’s hard to predict when there may be heavy road or inside show traffic, so just allow yourself plenty of time!
Can you just mail my badge to me? Is there priority pick-up available?
A mailing option is not available, but this way you can be sure you won’t forget or lose it beforehand! We have several lines at the Shipshewana Event Center to streamline the pick-up process as much as possible: Enrollment Pick-Up for those pre-enrolled and need to just pick-up badges, On-Site Enrollment for those not pre-enrolled and wish to attend Lectures or Workshops, and Show Passes for those who want to attend only the Quilt & Vendor Show (no processing fee will be charged for Show Passes only).
Can I make changes to my enrollment at the Festival?
We are unable to process any refunds or exchanges on-site, additions only. If you have pre-enrolled and wish to add to your order, please first pick-up your badge in the Enrollment Pick-Up line and proceed to On-Site Enrollment to make changes. A new badge will be printed for you, so you will need to surrender the original. Schoolhouse and Awards Ceremony are not available for purchase on-site due to catering requirements.
How do I know what I need for my workshop?
Supply lists are posted on the workshop page of the Shipshewana Quilt Festival website. If you provide an email address upon registration, you will receive an email no later than June 10 with workshop requirements and purchasing options. Workshops may have required kits, tools or books that may be pre-purchased and waiting for you in the classroom or purchased on-site at the festival supply kiosk.
What happens to our Charity Challenge blocks when we send them in?
The Charity Challenge blocks will all be assembled and quilted, and after the piece is displayed at the next year’s Festival, it will be donated to our speaker’s charity of choice. We have often received enough to make more than one quilt top, so we have been able to donate to more than one quilt to charity!
There’s so much to see and do in the area, how do you choose what “Other Activities” get included in the catalogue and where do I find more?
Each year the call for activities is put out to all area businesses. They only need to send the information by November 1 to be included in the catalogue, or at any time after to be listed on the website. Even more activities and attractions can be seen at www.VisitShipshewana.org.
What’s the best way to get from activity to activity?
A personal vehicle or tour bus is the best way to get from place to place. There are a lot of vehicles on the road, especially on Wednesday when the Shipshewana Flea Market is open, so we recommend carpooling as much as possible! There is plenty of parking at the Shipshewana Event Center as well as the Farmstead Inn. There is street parking and parking lots around the Blue Gate Theater. Unfortunately, shuttle service is not available at this time and most activities are not within a quick walking distance of each other (though it is possible!).
We have customizable Google maps for Shipshewana and the surrounding area that can be used online! If traffic is backed up on S.R. 5/Van Buren Street, we highly recommend that you use the local’s secret way into town found on our Shipshewana map here. This will take you right to the four-way stop in front of Blue Gate Theater!
Is the Shipshewana Quilt Festival handicapped accessible?
Where can I rent a wheelchair or scooter?
Yoder’s Shipshewana Hardware at Yoder’s Shopping Center will rent wheelchairs for $15 per day with a valid driver’s license. They can be reached at 877-988-9309. Scooters are available for rental at the Shipshewana Auction & Flea Market but they are restricted to use only on the Flea Market grounds.