Artist Steven Zoldak hard at work, demonstrating some of his expert clay and pottery techniques.
Photo Credit : Bethany Bourgault
The League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair is no ordinary craft fair.
It’s a celebration of a longstanding and still-growing community of artists, a time and place for them to showcase their products alongside hundreds of their fellow craftsmen. It’s an interactive exhibition, filled with demonstrations, classes, and knowledgeable artists eager to share their techniques with the world. It’s large enough to attract internationally renowned craftspeople, yet small enough to carry the very best essence of both New Hampshire and New England.
Perhaps most importantly, though, it’s an opportunity for the New England community to come together and marvel at the truly remarkable talent of their local artists.
With such renown comes a fair share of popularity — the event attracts over 25,000 visitors each year. Add that to the 280+ artists, and suddenly Mount Sunapee transforms into a bustling hub of all things art for nine days.
Visiting the fair can easily fill a day, so plan accordingly! Workshops, demonstrations, multiple food options, and live music are among the fair’s attractions. A tasting tent features local companies like Fuller’s Sugarhouse, Cabot Cheese, LaBelle Winery, and King Arthur Flour. “Lunch and Learn” seminars give visitors the opportunity to chat and dine with expert craftsmen. And of course, what better place to find the perfect gifts for your loved ones, or yourself? You never know what you’ll find!
Due to the incredible number of participating artists, it would be impossible to feature each one. That just means you’ll have to check out the fair and see them all for yourself! Here’s a sampling of what you could find at the League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair.
There’s so much to see and do at the League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair. In the meantime, you can check out any of the League’s shops, located throughout New Hampshire and open year-round.
Have you ever been to the League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair? This year’s fair runs from August 4 – 12, 2018. Let us know!
League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair.www.nhcrafts.orgThis post was first published in 2016 and has been updated.