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Fair investment: Annual Craftsmen's Fair gives Sunapee area an economic boost.

The impact of arts and culture organizations have on the New Hampshire economy is a significant one--over $200 million in direct and indirect economic activity, according to the Arts and Economic Prosperity IV Survey.

And one of the organizations that has long made a big economic impression on the state is the League of NH Craftsmen, with seven retail stores as well as the annual Craftsmen's Fair at Mt. Sunapee, which each year draws thousands of people to the Sunapee region.

"The economic impact of the arts in New Hampshire, and the league's annual Craftsmen's Fair in particular is very significant, as many small businesses reap the benefits, perhaps most notably the craftspeople themselves, who are running their own small businesses," said Susie Lowe-Stockwell, executive director of the league.

"There are many businesses in the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee area, and all the way to Concord who depend oil the Fair as a major source of revenue," added Lowe-Stockwell. "The league depends on the revenue generated not only during the annual Craftsmen's Fair, but also as a marketing engine to drive people to the League's retail galleries around the state to support the League's year-round endeavors."

The fair--which this year runs from Saturday, Aug. 3 to Sunday, Aug. 11--"certainly brings many visitors into our region," said Jennifer Tockman, director of the Lake Sunapee Region Chamber of Commerce. "Each year, our lodging properties in the area quickly fill up, the dining and restaurant businesses get busy, and visitors also enjoy the recreational activities in the area including hiking, biking, and kayaking. They come, they dine, they play, and they spend money--the fair is truly wonderful for the region."

"We've always hosted numerous guests during fair week, however, building on our relationship with the Craftsmen's Fair, we hope to make New London Inn even more of a destination this year," said Julie Dimakis, general manager of the New London Inn & Coach House Restaurant.

For example, Dimakis said, for the first time the inn will offer a workshop with basketmaker Ray Lagasse. "His baskets are finely crafted, down to details of brass and copper bolts and nails. He will be teaching participants how to create their own signature Ray Lagasse baskets," Dimakis said.

For more information about the Craftsmen's Fair, call 603-224-3375 or visit

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Publication:New Hampshire Business Review
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Date:Jul 26, 2013
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