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Photos: Anchorage Market and Festival, July 2013

Alaskans and tourists browse the booths at Anchorage’s Saturday Market and Festival. A total of 300 booths operate at the event, located in a downtown parking lot. The market may have to move up the block and reduce its size.
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The Siciliano Photography booth at Anchorage’s Saturday Market and Festival. The couple who owns the photo business worry about the negative impacts of a potential move of the market up the block. They say 70 percent of their income is generated during the summer market.
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Ulus, traditional Inuit knives, line the shelves of Leroy Barlip III’s booth at the Saturday Anchorage Market and Festival. Barlip operates L & M Ivory and handcrafts the knives, which he sells at the market and to local shops. He says if the market moves to Fourth Avenue it’s his last year.
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Performers entertain visitors at the Anchorage Saturday Market and Festival on July 27, 2013.
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Janette Geren runs Trading Post at the Saturday Anchorage Market and Festival on July 27, 2013. She says it's her first year at the market and thinks the potential move to Fourth Avenue is a bad idea.
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Remi Libbrecht plays his saxophone at the Saturday Anchorage Market and Festival on July 27, 2013. The Stellar Secondary School junior has came to the market for three years to collect money for music camp.
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Talkeetna's Human Jukebox at the Saturday Anchorage Market and Festival on July 27, 2013.
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Jerzy Shedlock

Trouble may be brewing beneath the faded gray pavement of the parking lot that each summer for more than 20 years has been home to Alaska's largest open-air market.

Board members of a local community development authority are in the process of deciding whether or not to keep the Downtown Anchorage summer staple at its current location or move vendors up one block to Fourth Avenue.

The idea of moving the festival is something rare, but is nothing new. Nevertheless, controversy has ensued.

READ MORE: How would move affect Anchorage Market and Festival?