The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Parts Ways with the Fairhope Arts & Crafts Festival Foundation


The 2018 Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival will be produced by the Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival Foundation, and the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce will not be involved.

The Chamber worked in collaboration with the newly founded Arts and Crafts Festival Foundation to produce the 2017 festival, and after a successful show the two organizations have decided to part ways.

Since 1953, the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce has produced the annual festival with the goal of attracting visitors to come and experience the Eastern Shore. The festival has grown tremendously since those early days and will continue to attract artists and patrons from around the country.

Over the years, the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce has used funds generated from the Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival to support Chamber initiatives including:

- Supporting the Chamber Foundation’s two workforce development programs Youth Leadership and the Student Training and Exploration Program

- Advancing tourism as an economic driver

- Providing promotional support, networking opportunities and educational workshops for local businesses

- Maintaining a business-friendly environment by providing face to face opportunities to connect with local leaders

"Despite the new fiscal challenge ahead, the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce will not waiver on our mission to make the Eastern Shore the best place to live, work and cultivate business,” said Chamber President Casey Williams, "We will continue to work each day to find new ways to support our member businesses and meet their needs.”

The Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival plays an important role for the City of Fairhope, the Eastern Shore and Coastal Alabama. "We are confident that the festival will continue to be successful,” said Williams, "The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce will always support the Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival, just as the Chamber supports all our local events that benefit the community.”

 










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