Children and Youth Sidewalk Sale

Children & Youth Day Sidewalk Sale is sponsored by Penn State Federal Credit Union.

The event is a fun way for boys and girls to develop both their artistic and entrepreneurial potential. 

Artists aged 8 through 18 who live in, or have relatives in the following counties – Blair, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Huntingdon, Mifflin and Union – are eligible to participate.

Children and Youth Sidewalk Sale rules prohibit the sale of work made from kits, offensive and defensive weapons, the sale of services like face painting or hair braiding, and the use of trademarked characters or products, like the Nittany Lion and Minecraft, in artist’s work, and the sale of food. All work must be original. A complete listing of the rules can be found below and in the application. Please review the rules carefully as they may have changed since you last participated in the event.

The application postmark deadline was June 23, 2023. Applications may be hand-delivered to the Festival office until 5:00 p.m. on June 23. Late applications will not be accepted. 

The event chair is Sharon Frazier.

Important Information

  1. All artists must be between the ages 8 and 18 and live or have relatives living in any of the centrally located Pennsylvania counties (Blair, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Huntingdon, Mifflin and Union) to participate.
  2. The artist must design and make all work. Work made from kits is not permitted. This includes items such as balloon yo-yos.
  3. Artists must personally attend to their booths and must be present during the entire day. Representatives, including family members, may NOT attend in place of the artist.
  4. Only items described in the application or shown in submitted photographs may be displayed.
  5. Artists may not use their booths to display samples of items to be delivered later. Sales should be on a “cash and carry” basis.
  6. All artwork must be original and age appropriate for for the event’s audience, much of which is under 18 years old.
  7. The following are absolutely prohibited:
    • Services such as face painting, hair braiding, nail painting or flower arranging; on-site personalization and monogramming of work
    • The sale of food
    • The sale of plants
    • Use of licensed, trademarked, or copyrighted characters or names (e.g., no use in any way of the Penn State name, the Nittany Lion, Disney, or other animated characters, Minecraft, team logos or similar names on any artwork or craft); trademarks and logos should not be intact on products made from recycled materials
    • The sale of offensive and defensive weapons, including toys and facsimiles, is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, the sale of rubber band guns, pop-guns, swords, shields, light sabers, bows and arrows, items that launch a projectile, and Nerf weapons
    • Graphic depictions of violence or nudity
    • Games involving prize-winning or raffles
    • Activities that require the purchaser to assemble the product
    • Additions to applications after submission
    • Commercial banners hanging in artists’ booths

CPFA reserves the right to request to the removal of work that is not consistent with the original application or that is in violation of CPFA rules. Failure to comply with a request to remove work may jeopardize the right to participate in future CPFA activities.

  1. Booths should be simple and functional.
  2. Booths are ten feet wide. They may not extend more than eight feet into the center of the street.
  3. Booth set-up and tear-down should take no longer than one hour with minimal adult help.
  4. Each artist must provide a table, chairs, and any other materials necessary for display.
  5. Space is assigned based on postmark or delivery date of completed application.
  6. If you wish to have your booth next to a friend’s booth, you must submit both applications in the same envelope.

The CPFA Office will send you a confirmation packet and parking pass after July 1, 2023. Please do not call the Festival Office regarding your application status before that date.

We must keep the center of the street free of obstructions for emergency vehicle access. Booths may not extend more than eight feet from the curb line into the center of South Allen Street. We will be able to accommodate a limited number of 10’ by 10’ tents, as long as they do not extend more than eight feet into the street. In other words, the rear tent legs will have to be placed on the sidewalk or grass behind the booth.

Ten by ten tents will not fit in certain spots because there are obstructions, such as street lights, signs, and trees, which prevent a tent from being moved back the required two feet. Accordingly, please indicate on your application if you intend to bring a ten by ten tent. Please do not use a tent that promotes a business or organization. 

  1. Click on Entry Form button at the bottom of this page.
  2. Click on the “Enable Editing” button at the top of the Word document. This will allow you to enter text in the fields marked “Click or tap here to enter text.”  You will not be able to edit the rest of the document.
  3. Complete both pages of the application and then print it. A parent/guardian must sign the application is required.
  4. On a separate sheet, provide a brief description of the artwork and the materials used. Do not send samples; they cannot be returned.
  5. Enclose at least one photograph of your work.
  6. Enclose a check for the $25 booth fee. We also take Visa/MasterCard. If you bring your application to the office, we’ll take cash, too. 
  7. If you would like a Children and Youth Sidewalk Sale artist t-shirt, enclose $20 per shirt.
  8. If you wish to be next to a friend, both applications must be submitted in the same envelope.
  9. Mail or hand deliver application, photo of your work, and booth fee to CPFA.

By mail:

Children and Youth Sidewalk Sale
Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts
P.O. Box 1023
State College, PA 16804

The application postmark deadline is June 23, 2023. Applications postmarked after June 23 will not be accepted. 

In person:

Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts
403 South Allen Street, Suite 205A
State College, PA 16801

The deadline for in-person submissions is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 23, 2023. Applications after that date will not be accepted.

Children and Youth Sidewalk Sale exhibitors will receive a FREE t-shirt specially designed for Children and Youth Sidewalk Sale exhibitors by State College illustrator Anni Matsick! This shirt is available exclusively to Children and Youth Sidewalk Sale exhibitors. They are available in youth and adult sizes small, medium, and large, and adult extra-large. Shirts MUST be pre-ordered with sizes submitted by application deadline, June 23, 2023.  Shirts will be available for pickup at the Children and Youth Sidewalk Sale on July 12, 2023.

Special THANK YOU to Sheetz, Inc. for sponsoring t-shirts for all our exhibitors!


While the Children and Youth Sidewalk Sale is a highlight of Children and Youth Day, there will be concerts, arts and crafts activities, a puppet procession, and more! Full schedule to follow! 

Visit the Festival Store!

Get a Festival poster and buy Festival wristbands, t-shirts and other merchandise at the corner of College and Allen – or visit our online store.