An indoor-guy's view of Outdoor Retailer show [slideshow]
Published: August 3, 2012 04:14PM
Updated: August 3, 2012 04:14PM
Hundreds of manufacturers come to the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market Salt Lake City, and they use a lot of packing crates for their merchandise and booth equipment. The crates are all waiting behind the Salt Palace, and one wonders if the Ark of the Covenant is in there somewhere. (Photo by Sean P. Means | The Salt Lake Tribune)

If you've been in downtown Salt Lake City this week, you might have noticed the invasion of tanned, healthy-looking people downtown.

Those would be the vendors and dealers here for the annual Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, the trade show in the Salt Palace in which makers of outdoor gear (or anything that a manufacturer can sell as having a use outdoors) meet the buyers for retail outlets -- thus making the world go 'round.

The Cricket, not being the stout-hearted outdoorsy type, ventured into the Salt Palace to see some of the free-wheeling madness when you put together outdoor gear, motivated sellers, cautious buyers and free samples of energy bars.

For a slideshow of the offbeat things from OR, click on the thumbnail photos at left.