The 39th annual Forest Fair kicked off in Girdwood Friday.


Vendors of all ages set up shop to sell their unique items.


Jason Leyba sells Navajo-style flutes he builds himself.


“I make them from red cedar,” said Leyba, craftsman at Peaceful Sounds of Alaska. “I handpick every piece of red cedar.”


Five years ago, Lebya was working as a carpenter when an injury put him out of work. That’s when his wife bought him his first flute. Setting up shop at the Forest Fair helps Leyba grow his business and keeps him busy.


“I have to make almost 30 flutes every two weeks to keep up with what I have going,” he said.


Leyba also used the opportunity to teach others how to play the flute.


A few booths away, however, a young entrepreneur wasn’t having the same success.


Gabriel Wingard made magic clay mushrooms. He sold them at the Forrest Fair last year, and almost sold out.


“Last year they were like really hot,” he said. “Now, they’re not selling very good.”


Half of the money Wingard makes will go toward his college fund. But the other half is for a sweet treat.


“I already used one dollar,” Wingard said. “On a cookie. They were one dollar.”


The Forrest Fair also features live music and food vendors and continues through the weekend.


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