Next Generation Returning Applicants


Returning applicants must be between the ages of 12 and 18 on the first day of the Fair. Enrollment begins after each Fair on October 1. The application deadline is December 31.


As a reminder, your mentor will make themselves available to you throughout the year to advise you and provide encouragement.  You and your mentor decide if will be done virtually, in-person or a combination of the two. You are welcome to meet as you both agree to but a minimum of three meetings are required in order to participate in the Fair

It is important to remember that your mentor is freely giving their time and expertise to you, which is very valuable. Your mentor is eager to help but it is your responsibility to seek as much support and input as you want or need.  


Participants are encouraged to take full advantage of everything the Next Gen program offers. This includes participating in the Fair and may include online or in person gatherings with other participants and guest artists.  Any concerns or questions should be brought to the immediate attention of the coordinator for expedient resolution. Everyone’s success is dependent on a strong team effort!

Required for All Participants

  • Work with your mentor to identify 3 goals to work on together during the current year.
  • Have at least 3 meetings with your mentor prior to the Fair. They may be in-person, virtual or a combination.
  • Attend two Fair-prep meetings even if you are not sure that you will be at the Fair. The first is in April where Important information will be shared that will help with deciding on whether to attend the Fair. The second is in early July.  Parents/guardians must attend these meetings with participants. Even if you aren’t participating in the upcoming Fair, it is important that you understand all that goes into it.
  • Come to a decision about Fair attendance within 2 weeks of the April Fair-prep meeting to allow for proper planning. 

 Required for All Fair Participants

  • Come to the Fairgrounds the Friday before the Fair opens to set up and meet with the coordinator and Fair Staff.
  • Help with break down from 5pm to 7pm on the last Sunday of the Fair. If you are minor, you must be accompanied by an adult to help with set-up and break down. Inability to help during set up and/or break down may impact your ability to continue in the program. 
  • If you are a minor, your parent/guardian is required to sign a waiver authorizing permission to participate and must provide a way to be easily reached if needed. The signed WAIVER must be turned in to the coordinator prior to the Fair.
  • All Fair participants need to create a display for their body of work. The work for sale and the display needs to be well-crafted and of excellent quality. Each participant must also fulfill a volunteer obligation set by the coordinator. Fair participation is based on adherence to these standards.


Members of the Next Gen program are like junior ambassadors of the League of NH Craftsmen. Mentees are expected to behave in a professional and cooperative manner at all gatherings, meetings, and for the duration of the Fair. This includes being considerate of other mentees and their property, as well as of League staff members, Mount Sunapee staff, all Fair employees, volunteers, and customers.

Participants are charged a 6% commission on their retail sales which is used to cover program expenses. Participants will receive a check for their retail sales, minus the 6% commission. Additionally, a fee of 7% will be charged for any sales that are paid by credit card. Every attempt will be made to pay participants within 30 days of the close of the Fair.

Questions? Reach out to League HQ at nhleague@nhcrafts.org or call 603-224-3375