Overview

The 8th Annual Welcome to Fairyville event alights on the Nickel Plate Arts campus October 7–10, with most events free. Adults get in on the merriment during Fairy Friday (October 9) with a reception complete with live entertainment, storytelling fairies, fairy house awards, and more shenanigans. Kids and adults can submit a fairy house (applications due October 2) to be featured in our Fairy Home Show and then view & vote for these miniature abodes along the outdoor Fairyville Trail (during Fairy Friday and Sprite Saturday). Reserve your toadstools for drop-in craft activities with some of our local partners, enjoy storytelling, nature-themed activities, and much, much more! The fairies are back and they’re smaller than ever. Don’t miss Welcome to Fairyville at Nickel Plate Arts!

Free to attend; some special events do have registration costs and pre-registration is required for some activities.

To learn more about each day’s events, please see below for a full rundown of whimsical fairy events and sign up for our regular newsletter.

If you are interested in volunteering, setting up a booth, or being a fairy/entertainer, please contact us.

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2020 Details

2020 Fairy House Contest Rules & Registration!

Fairyville’s population is BOOMING and there’s a fairy housing shortage! Help homeless fairies by becoming a fairy architect and building the best house possible.

All you have to do is fill out the form below and submit your $25 registration fee – then you can get building!

Everyone who takes our Fairy Home Tour October 7-10 will get the chance to vote on their favorite fairy home.  Winners will receive great prizes, including craft supplies, gift certificates and even cash! Download the PDF registration form or fill out the form below. Registration fees can be paid online or by calling us: 317-452-3690.

Applications are due by October 2 and houses must be delivered to Nickel Plate Arts on Monday, October 5.  Houses must be picked up after the contest on October 10, or between Noon and 5:00 p.m. on October 12 through 17.

RULES: Houses must be:
-Bigger than a shoe box
-Small enough to be easily transported on a 2’x3’ rolling cart. Artists may install their own work, but MUST request special accommodations from Nickel Plate Arts
-Made from at least 75% natural materials
-Made from materials that can be lost, damaged, rained on or redecorated by tiny fairies. The houses will be outside unattended for at least 48 hours.
-Easy for one person to lift and move (approx. 25 pounds or less)
-Whimsical, funny, creative, and/or beautiful!

Fairyville House Contest Registration

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Once you hit the submit button below, you will be redirected to our online store to pay your registration fee ($20/fairy house). You can also pay your fee over the phone by calling us: 317-452-3690. Your application is not complete until we receive your payment. Thank you!

 

October 7: Winged Wednesday

In-Person Options:
12 p.m. – 5 p.m.:

  • Fairy houses available to view & vote at Nickel Plate Arts (outside on porches & patio)
  • Fairy Doors & window decorations in the Fairy Merchant District (around the square)
  • Pick-up fairy house project available at Nickel Plate Arts ($5 – order one in advance by clicking here)
  • Free Selfie station available at Nickel Plate Arts (outside, north wall of Judge Stone House)
  • Other locations (exact times vary):

Online Content:

  • On-demand craft instructional videos
  • On-demand storytelling videos
October 8: Troll Thursday

In-Person Options:
12 p.m. – 5 p.m.:

  • Fairy houses available to view & vote at Nickel Plate Arts (outside on porches & patio)
  • Fairy Doors & window decorations in the Fairy Merchant District (around the square)
  • Pick-up fairy house project available at Nickel Plate Arts (order one in advance by clicking here)
  • Selfie station available at Nickel Plate Arts (outside, north wall of Judge Stone House)
  • Other locations (exact times vary):

 

Online Content:

  • On-demand craft instructional videos
  • On-demand storytelling videos
October 9: Fairy Friday 12-5 pm and 6-9 pm

In-Person Options:
12 p.m. – 5 p.m.:

  • Fairy houses available to view on the trail – vote for your favorite! Get a map of the trail at Nickel Plate Arts
  • Fairy Doors & window decorations in the Fairy Merchant District (around the square)
  • Pick-up fairy house project available at Nickel Plate Arts ($5 – order one in advance by clicking here)
  • Free Selfie station available at Nickel Plate Arts (outside, north wall of Judge Stone House)
  • Other locations (exact times vary):

In-person Options
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.:

  • The Fairyville Trail and Home Show, featuring fun activities! Be sure to vote for your favorite! Get a map for the Trail at Nickel Plate Arts
  • Fairy home show awards ceremony at 8:00 at Nickel Plate Arts (in-person and live streaming)
  • Fairy doors & window decorations in the Fairy Merchant District (around the square)
  • Fairy-themed vendors out on the  trail
  • Pick-up fairy house project available at Nickel Plate Arts
  • Live Music at Nickel Plate Arts
  • Free Selfie stations available along the trail
  • Fairy Actors along the trail (with appropriate social-distancing)
  • Other locations (exact times vary):

Online Content:

  • On-demand craft instructional videos
  • On-demand storytelling videos
  • Live Streaming of the Fairy Home Show Awards around 8:30 p.m.
October 10: Sprite Saturday - 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

In-person Options
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.:

  • The Fairyville Trail and Home Show, featuring fun activities! Be sure to look for the winning homes! Get a map for the Trail at Nickel Plate Arts
  • Fairy doors & window decorations in the Fairy Merchant District (around the square)
  • Fairy-themed vendors out on trail
  • Pick-up fairy house project available at Nickel Plate Arts ($5 – reserve yours in advance by clicking here)
  • Live Music at Nickel Plate Arts
  • Selfie stations available along the trail
  • Fairy Actors along the trail (with appropriate social-distancing)
  • Other locations (exact times vary):

In-person Options 4 – 6 p.m.:
Kiln Creations Unicorn Painting Party: Meet a live unicorn and create amazing potterry crafts!

Online Content:

  • On-demand craft instructional videos
  • On-demand storytelling videos
Businesses: Ways to Get Involved

Downtown Noblesville Businesses: Get your business on the map (literally) by creating a Fairy Door. The cost is $25 to participate by creating a Fairy Door or $50 for a Fairy Door and a Fairy Door kit. Download the registration form.

If you are an artist or maker who would like to have a booth along the fairy trail (cost: $25), contact us.

For all other business engagement opportunities (sponsorships, ads, events, etc.), click here.

2020 Fairy Trail Map

2020 Fairyville Map (Coming soon!)

Here are the electronic versions of our Fairy Home Tour Map!  This year, Noblesville Merchants are welcoming our fairy friends by placing fair doors on some of their businesses. Keep an eye out for these mini-entrances so that you’ll know where fairies like to shop!

Fairy Doors are on display Wednesday—Saturday.  The Fairy Home Tour will be on display at Nickel Plate Arts Wednesday—Thursday at 5:00 p.m. and along the trail displayed on the map from Friday at 23:00 p.m. through Saturday at 5:00 p.m.

You can pick up a map at our main headquarters at 107 S. 8th and don’t forget to vote for your favorite! Winners will be selected by 8:30 p.m. on Fairy Friday.

Previous years’ winners:

2019 Fairy House Winners

Congrats to the 2019 Fairy House Contest winners:

1st Place – Girl Scout Troop 1937, “Far, Far Away”

2nd Place – Cass Courtney, “Fern Galley”

3rd Place – Meredith Z., “Floral Fairy Fortress”

Honorable Mentions:

Grace Carpenter, Lindsey & Kyle Thompson, “Fairy Fair”

Martin & Martin, “Graffiti Garden”

Denise McCurdy, “Fairy Loo Throne”

Arelle Pulos, Austin Hunkin & Hunkin Family, “Stay Trippy Lil Hippie”

Julia Church Kozicki, “Julia’s Fairy Aerie”

Check out photos of all the fairy houses by clicking here!

2017 Fairy House Winners

Congrats to the 2017 Fairy House Contest winners:

1st Place – Olivia Boggs and Ella Rocha, “Tiger Milly Manor”

2nd Place – Grace Carpenter & Kyle Thompson, “Pixie Hollow”

3rd Place – Kelly Kuehnert, “The Fairy Gypsy House”

Honorable Mentions:

Cindi Bee, “Fairy Starry Night”

Cynda Anspach, “The Perriwinkle Pad”

Summers Office Girls, “Summers Fairy Camp”

Paisly Deaton, Lilly Pizano, Olivia & Linda Cordial, “Woodland Retreat”

Debbie Apple, “Thimbleberry Ridge”

Check out photos of all the fairy houses on our Facebook album by clicking here!

2016 Fairy House Contest Winners

1st Place – The Woodland Escape by Samantha, Cylie, & Palmer Eicher

woodland escape

2nd Place — Fairy Fun Land by Emily Archer

fairy fun land

3rd Place — The Burrow by Deliberate Media

the burrow

Honorable Mentions (in no particular order):

Fae Haven by The Smith Family

Meladi’s Fairy House by Shandi & Meladi Bradburn

Artist Tree House by Rachel Clements

The Very Secret Garden by The Derringer Family

Horton’s Fairy House by Lori Simon

Emmy’s Fairyland by Sarah, Emmy, & Chris Buckner

Minecraft Fairy House by Leah Simon

Kid Psych Fairy Cottage by Guerin Whitcomb and Alyssa Lovett

Little House with a Fairy by Chelsea, Grant, Adrienna, Cameron, & Ellen Stuart

Fairy Villa by Alyssa & Bree Reinoso & Sam Matlock

Feather Brightrock of Gourd Glen by Renee Rule & Halie, Cooper, Emerson, Susan, Rainer, & Sophie Hesch

Welcome to Fairyville 2020 is presented by:

Title Sponsor: Meredith Z, Realtor

Earth Day Sponsor: 12 Stars Media

Get Involved

We’re weaving together the fabric of our community. Add your thread during the 2020 Welcome to Fairyville event! Create your own fairy house to be showcased on the Fairy Trail and during the Fairy Home Show. Applications are due by October 7 and houses must be delivered to Nickel Plate Arts on Monday, October 12. Houses must be picked up after the contest on October 17, or between Noon and 5:00 p.m. on October 19 through 23.

You know the value of a picture, so instead of reading 1,000 words, check out photos from past Welcome to Fairyville events.

Are you interested in becoming a sponsor for this event?

Each person, organization and business has a thread to contribute to make the fabric of our community a better place to live. You can share your thread with us by becoming a corporate sponsor. Complete the form here to start a conversation.

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