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Make It Alaskan Festival

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( KTUU - TV ) Mon, 09 Oct 2017 06:10:55 +0000 Make It Alaskan Festival ( KTUU - TV ) KTUU pfd's have been cut in half, but how is all of that affecting small local businesses? channel 2s cameron mackintosh went to the make it alaskan festival today to find out. here at the make it alaskan festival, some vendors are saying business is holding steady, even though many alaskans are tightening the purse strings... nat music "room to let 50 cents" on a weekend to celebrate alaskan made products. these vendors work on their products all year long. organizers of the annual 'make it alaskan festival' say their event is the latest to be affected by an unfortunate trend. it's been a down year for everyone, you know a lot of different things that people have done this year they have noticed that there has been a decline in people spending money. they're keeping it closer to the vest and taking care of probably priority things. with a struggling state economy, and permanent fund checks cut in half for the second year in a row, it's a trend that some of the 120 vendors at this year's festival say they are experiencing firsthand. yeah a little slower but you know economy's kind of tough so you know vendor's have to understand that it's not going to be a great year every year, so you try and ride out the storm. but no one seems too worried, at least not yet. some local business owners say they've been able to adapt as spending habits change. i see people spending less money, but more of them spending smaller amounts so it's kind of evening out. they just don't buy the big huge pieces of artwork like they used to. while others say their customer base remains loyal, with many alaskans staying committed to buying local. as long as people remember to shop local and support your local business and you know research a little bit on the background where's somebody who helps people who live out in rural alaska get that little cash and helping alaskan products carve out their place in a changing state economy. this is the make it alaskan festival's 29th year. organizers say about 6,000 people are expected to attend through the weekend. at the denaina center im cameron mackintosh channel 2 news. looking ahead and

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