The 80th Annual League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair is a great place to stop – and shop. This year it will be held from August 3rd through 11th at the Mount Sunapee Ski Resort in Newbury. The hours are 10AM to 5PM daily with special later hours on Friday, August 9th when the Fair will be open until 7PM. The League operates quality craft shops at various locations throughout the state; only artisans who have qualified for League membership may exhibit their works at the shops or at the fair.
The fair is a great opportunity to see offerings by over 350 New Hampshire artisans in one place: each item made by hand, unique, and inspiring. Representative works from some of the best craftsmen in New England will be there, offering everything from greeting cards, pottery, and clothes, to quilts, stained glass, and furniture. There are items in all price ranges. It’s a great place to find talented artisans for that special “something” you’ve been looking for but haven’t found at the mall stores. The crafters will be happy to explain their craft and will welcome your purchase at the fair or your commission. (Most craftsmen welcome orders for items made to your specifications.)
In addition to the craft booths, there will be a number of other activities visitors can enjoy. There will be craft demonstrations, and adult, children’s, and teen workshops showing how craft pieces are developed from the germ of an idea to finished creation. For a break from shopping, visitors can enjoy scheduled performances by some of New England’s finest musicians, storytellers, and other entertainers.
The League of NH Craftsmen is a non-profit, craft education organization. There is a small fee to visit the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair, with reduced pricing for Friday evening August 9th. More information about the fair can be found on this website. To purchase your admission tickets online, click here.