The Anchorage Market is sizzling as it reaches the halfway point of its 5 month season.
"Compared to last year, our numbers are up as far as attendees and vendors," said Anchorage Market Operations Manager Dana Reese.
Attendence was sluggish when the market kicked off its 20th season in May, but organizers expect the cash registers to ring steadily for the rest of the summer as temperatures rise and tourists flock to Alaska.
"I've had customers that have purchased from me 6 or 8 years ago and they've come back and they're buying a second pair of slippers," said long time vendor Wayne Kemp.
Kemp's company, Denali Fur & Leather, makes everything from mountain black bear blankets to beaver ear muffs.
"There's been a transition in vendors," adds Kemp. "I don't know if that's because some have left the state. There's a few that have unfortunately passed away this past year."
The Anchorage Market wraps up September 9th.