The event can be described in as many ways as the attractions and makers it displays, but the best way to sum it up is as a show and tell of projects put together by ingenuity in maker's basements and garages. It's also a fundraiser for the local nonprofit TekVenture that is the powerhouse behind the faire, in partnership with MAKE Magazine.
It's open for two days, Saturday and Sunday, September 14 and 15, from 10 a.m. to 6p.m. each day.
Special attractions at the third Fort Wayne Regional Maker Faire include:
- "The Race", an obstacle drag race using modified children's electric vehicles driving through sand, water, gravel and mulch.
- Pro BMX demonstrations by Solution Action Sports
- 501st Northern Darkness Garrison
- The Media Racing Challenge on Peg Perego ATVs, Saturday only, at noon
- Power Racing Series - a national points race on children's modified electric vehicles
- Cirque AmongUs Performance Team, Circus Day at the Fair
Hands On Activities will be offered for kids and adults:
- Learn to Solder
- Mini Maker Challenge, flex your maker muscles
- Learn to Weld, by area's only female welder
- Make a Bubble Wand
Makers, some are returning and over half are new makers who will share and show off the creations they have developed. Here are just a few:
- Scale model of Grand Haven Musical Fountain
- The Maker Station
- R2D2 model build
- Operation Phenicie, see B52 Bomber Oxygen tanks turned into art
- Rockets by Mad Sasquatch Rocketry
- Remote Controlled Flight Simulator, test your skills
- The TwinkieMobile
- Midnight the Magic Wagon
- Metal Art Sculpture
Single day tickets are $10 per person (age 15 and over), and $6 for kids (age 6 to 14). Weekend passes are $18 and $10 respectively. They are available online and at the door. Visit Maker Faire Fort Wayne for more information.
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