Mini Maker Faire slated for Oct. 19
The greatest “Show and Tell” on earth returns to campus Homecoming weekend with the fourth annual Fredonia Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, Oct. 19.
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“Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do,” said Jen Osborne-Coy, Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES Chief Communication and Development officerpublic information officer and Mini Maker Faire producer said. “From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these ‘makers’ to show hobbies, experiments, and projects.”
The event takes place inside the Williams and Science centers from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Over the first three years, the Mini Maker Faire has developed a reputation as a fun, family-friendly destination that captures the hearts and minds of all who attend.
“A ‘maker’ is anyone who uses their hands to create objects and or materials that are creative and inspire creativity in others,” Osborne-Coy said. “Some of the most popular ‘makers’ from previous events are returning, as they enjoy the interaction with the public and the opportunity to share their passion with a new audience. This is an event that is fun for all ages with something for everyone!”
Over 60 makers will be on-hand to demonstrate their crafts, which include woodcarving, glassblowing, and building robots. There will be several “make-and-take” stations where guests can create something and take it home with them. A replica of a Mars landing apparatus will be on display, and the popular Mario the Maker Magician will also return with two performances during the daylong event.
Several food trucks including Cheesy Chick, The Great Foodini, Cold Stone Creamery, Coyote Cafe, Siri Thai, and Crunch Roll will be stationed between the Williams and Science centers for refreshments.
Over 4,000 people attended Maker Faire last year. Visitors are asked to take advantage of busing from outside parking lots on the Fredonia campus, including Ring Road parking lots. Signs will also help visitors navigate parking on the campus.