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2022 Ann Arbor Art Fair may bring big numbers to the local economy

Ann Arbor Art Fair
Joe Ross
Ann Arbor Art Fair

Local business leaders are hoping to see pre-COVID revenues from this year’s Ann Arbor Art Fair.

Andy LaBarre, the executive vice president of the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Chamber of Commerce, expects the Art Fair will see a half million visitors coming in and that may mean the overall Art Fair related revenue to the to be north of $100 million in economic impact.

"What it will really do is have a huge micro-impact on a lot of local businesses, restaurants, hotels, those bedrock businesses here in the community."

LaBarre says those impacts are harder to quantify. But, in pre-COVID times he says, a good art fair could be a turning point for a local business.

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