Every year tucked beneath the range of the Chugach Mountains, the forest sings a different kind of tune. Four decades ago, a handful of local artists started that tune and got together to sell their work.
The Girdwood Forest Fair brings hundreds of people together to enjoy the local flavor over the course of a weekend. The community falls under the municipality of Anchorage and is about a 40-minute drive away from Alaska's biggest city.
"I don't think there's no one in business in Girdwood that doesn't benefit from this event," said Terri Adkins, Girdwood Forest Fair organizer. "It brings so many people here."
The fair creates a trickle effect with other Girdwood businesses getting a slight boom.
Kasey Lewis is the manager for Girdwood restaurant Jack Sprat and she said her restaurant sees a 30-percent increase in sales.
"It means a lot to the community, it brings attention and awareness to this town," Lewis said. "It gets revenue in. As a Girdwood resident, I love it. It brings a community together. Everybody looks forward to it."
What started as an opportunity for local artists to make a little bit of money has grown into an annual fiscal frenzy for the little town of Girdwood.
Editor's Note: Clarifies spelling of Girdwood restaurant Jack Sprat, instead of Jack Strap.
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