Public market expands with ANB crafts fair

Vendors to pack 185 tables at three-day, two-venue event

Posted: Thursday, November 24, 2005

The three-day annual Alaska-Juneau Public Market includes an additional venue down the street this year.

The Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall will host the first public market annex: the ANB Arts & Crafts Fair, from noon-8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

The 23rd public market runs from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at Centennial Hall, and

Admission is $5 for the weekend. Children 11 and younger are free if accompanied by parents.

"My friends at the ANB Hall called me up and were asking for advice on doing an arts and crafts fair, and I said, 'Why don't you just let me do it this weekend?'" said Peter Metcalfe, public market organizer. "So it's a joint venture. ... It offers an opportunity for vendors who can't afford the time or the money to participate in the public market."

If the parking lots near Centennial Hall are full this weekend, there's a new public parking lot near the corner of West Willoughby Avenue and Whittier Street with 200 free spots.

Centennial Hall will be full, as usual, with about 140 tables. Some vendors reserve one or more spots. They cost $350 for three days, $400 with electricity. The ANB has space for 49 tables. As of Tuesday, 45 spots had been reserved at $75 for two days.

Public market

What: 23rd annual Alaska-Juneau Public Market, with the Public Market Annex: The Alaska Native Brotherhood Arts & Crafts Fair

Where: Centennial Hall and the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall

Public market hours: noon-5 p.m. Friday, noon-8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday

Annex hours: noon-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m-3 p.m. Saturday

Admission: $5 for the weekend

"(The price of the tables at Centennial Hall) creates an environment where the person has to be at least semi-professional, if not professional," Metcalfe said. "They have to command good prices for their products. That's where the ANB Hall is ideal for people who are doing some knitting and crocheting, home crafts."

The market started at Centennial Hall in 1983. Initially, it was limited to the space's ballroom. In 1990, it expanded to the entire building.

Public market applications are sent out in early July. The deadline to sign up is Aug. 1. Somewhere in the range of $300,000 to $400,000 is usually spent at the market, Metcalfe said.

Forty-one percent of the vendors at this year's market were not at the 2004 market, Metcalfe said. Thirty-three percent of the vendors have never shown at the market, he said.

"I always try to get 30 percent new vendors," Metcalfe said. "I encourage people to apply who have never shown before in Juneau. It keeps it new. We used to get comments that it was the same stuff all the time, and I was sensitive to that."

Centennial Hall will have its usual food court area. The ANB also will serve food at the crafts fair.

More than half of the vendors are from outside Juneau: Anchorage; Cordova; Craig; Eagle River; Fairbanks; Haines; Homer; Hoonah; Houston; Indian; Ketchikan; Kodiak; Palmer; Paxson; Petersburg; Sitka; Skagway; Wasilla; Wrangell; Portland, Ore.; Albany, Ore.; Kingston, Wash.; Atlin, British Columbia; and Tagish, Yukon.

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