Mat-Su Marketplace

WASILLA — The Mat-Su Marketplace is coming back to the Menard Sports Center Saturday and Sunday.

Over 110 vendors from the Valley and across Alaska will be selling a spectrum of unique items for holiday shoppers.

Valley holiday shoppers will be able to browse through a variety of goods created by Alaskan artists and craftsmen. From handmade jewelry and pottery to etched glassware and original artwork, there will be no short supply of one of a kind finds available on the Menard’s indoor turf.

This annual tradition has been going strong for many years. KO Productions, a Fairbanks-based company, created this event along with numerous other vendor and community driven shows across the state.

Kourtney Shannon, KO Productions co-owner, said this event is their only Valley show, and while it’s not as large as its Fairbanks counterpart, the atmosphere is probably more ornate.

“It’s bigger but the Wasilla show is beautiful. It takes place on the turf at the Menard Center and the curtains are red and white. We decorate and all the vendors decorate so it’s really festive. It just makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. It’s so pretty,” Shannon said. “It makes it all worth it.”

Vendor space sold out in August, according to Shannon. She said that it sold out in May last year and it seems like there’s a pretty loyal following.

Shannon said it feels like a reunion each year they return to the Valley. She said they keep a close relationship with all the vendors they work with around the state.

“We have a really strong following with our vendors,” Shannon said.

Shannon noted that there will be no gun show this year.

The Mat-Su Marketplace runs Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission is $4 and children under 12 are free. Military shoppers get free admission on Sunday with military ID. Alternatively, attendees can bring two cans of food for a local food bank.

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