Belsnickel Regulations
    Participants must adhere to the
    following show regulations:        
Booths and Displays:
  • Packing up displays before the end of the show at 4:00 PM on Saturday is not permitted.
  • Floor length table covers and professional looking booths and displays are required.
  • Backdrops are required for all participants.
  • Participants must keep their booth area neat and clean.
  • No displaying of signs discounting the price of craft items
  • All hanging displays must be secured
  • No open flames or burning of candles
  • Participants are financially responsible for any damage they cause to Boyertown School District
    property or personnel.  This is especially true of the gymnasium flooring and floor mats.  Rugs and
    floor covering are highly suggested to avoid damage to the floor and mats.
  • No use of artificial garland, flashing colored lights, or gaudy decorations.    
Craft Items:
  • 90% of the craft must be made by the participant.  Assembling commercially made items is not
  • Crafts made by or originating from a group or collective do not qualify.  Individual work only!
  • No commercially made or re-sale items including clothing, jewelry, iron work, belts, ceramics, textiles,
    soaps, food, fabric art, precast pottery, baskets, etc.
  • No precut wooden shapes except for shaker pegs.
  • No commercially made baskets or straw hats except as accessories for dolls and toys.
  • No plastic items, pompoms, wiggle eyes, pipe cleaners, or florist ribbon.
  • No mechanically applied designs, including machined embroidery, on commercially manufactured
    clothing or cloth items.
  • No sale of artificial wreaths, garland, or floral designs.
  • No sweat shirts and/or tee shirts with stenciled designs.
  • No pre-stamped or cheater's cloth that simulates quilting or pieced fabric designs.
  • No commercially made lace panels such as those used to make pillows or dolls.
  • Only juried items may be sold.   
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Der Belsnickel Craft Show
Boyertown Area Historical Society
Bachert Pottery
Jonathan's Wooden Spoons
Jack Paolini Historic
The Belsnickel
supports the
preservation, cultural,
historical, and
genealogical activities
of the Boyertown
Area Historical
The show was named for the
Pennsylvania German folk
character who traveled to
farms and visited the
children at Christmas time.
Good children were rewarded
with candy and oranges.  
Naughty children received a
sharp crack on the hand
from the Belsnickel's switch.
Rosalie Birt's Belsnickels
About 4,000 people attend this annual
Ukranian Egg Art by Pysanky Collectibles
Copyright 2019    Boyertown Area Historical Society
Der Belsnickel is a Juried Craft Show.  Jury
sessions are held twice times a year.
Those attending a jury session should know
  • tables are provided to display crafts
  • interested individuals should bring
    samples of the items they would like to
    sell at the show.  
  • they should be prepared to answer
    questions about their creative efforts.
  • the process takes about ten minutes.
Der Belsnickel
Ways to contact the Society:
The Boyertown Area Historical Society
43 South Chestnut Street
Boyertown, PA  19512
Email is preferred!
A Jury Session for the 2021 Belsnickel.
has been scheduled for April 11, 2021
at the Historical Society between
1:00 PM-3:00 PM.
Bring a sample of the items you would
like to sell at the show.
Please read the information below.