PALMER — The Alaska Vintage Holiday Market and Food Truck Fest drew a large crowd of seasonal shoppers over the first weekend of the annual event at the Alaska State Fair.

Alaskan artist Teri Lindseth said that she was happy to return to the Vintage Market, a holiday haven that’s popular among the vendors and visitors alike. She said it was particularly busy over the opening weekend, spreading a great gust of holiday cheer across the Raven Hall and Hoskins building within the Fairgrounds.

“It’s amazing. It really is. The management is just top-notch,” Lindseth said. “Everyone’s so uplifting and positive. You can tell everyone’s excited for the holidays.”

Janette’s Jewels owner, Janette Oliver participates in the Vintage Market every year. She said they typically sell a lot of their vintage jewelry and it’s always a busy but fun time of year.

“We always get a really good crowd that comes in. It’s really one of my favorite shows of the year,” Oliver said.

Local musician, John Rodgers played calm instrumental music near the sitting area, providing a relaxing ambiance in the background of the already colorful and comforting atmosphere.

Rodgers is one of several Alaskan artists offering their talents at both weekends of the Vintage Market. He said that he plays at different venues around the Valley on top of teaching music. He said this event is a great outlet for local artists and small businesses.

“It’s really nice to support the economy here. Walmart doesn’t need any more money. We do,” Rodgers said.

The Cozy Mozy owner, Christel Mozalevskiy is another local artist and teacher based in the Valley. She said that she’s operated her small business with help from her sister, Alyssa Wagle

for about five years on top of being an art teacher. She said that she met her husband in art school, and this selling her wares at venues like the Vintage Market has been a fun way for the whole family to get together.

“This was kind of a way to make sure we’re doing stuff together,” Mozalevskiy said.

The final weekend of the Vintage Market coincides with Small Business Saturday. It will also feature 30 additional vendors. Mozalevskiy said that she looks forward to this event every year, knowing full well that a full wave of holiday shoppers make their way through the event, supporting Alaskan artisans and entrepreneurs of across genres while checking off names on their Christmas wish lists.

“The vintage market really helps with that. This is like, my favorite market. I think Alaska and Palmer really have a great sense of community and they support small artists… And I get all my Christmas shopping done too,” Mozalevskiy said with a laugh. “Something as small as a sticker, that’s supporting art and artists and your community.”

For more information about the Alaska Vintage Holiday Market and Food Truck Fest, visit alaskastatefair.org/site/events/alaska-vintage-market.

Contact Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman reporter Jacob Mann at jacob.mann@frontiersman.com

More information:

Alaska Vintage Holiday Market and Food Truck Fest final weekend schedule:

Friday, November 26, 2 to 8 p.m. ($5 admission, 12 and under free)

Saturday, November 27, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ($5 admission, 12 and under free)

Sunday, November 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Free admission all ages)

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