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I'll add more to this posting when I get back from the fair, but I wanted to put up this posting early so folks with time today could attend this last day of the fair (rather than wait until next year). I'm excited to see all of the new inventions, crafts, and whatnots. Be back soon!
The Maker Faire was absolutely amazing and had something of interest for everyone! There were high tech booths where visitors could wait in line and make gadgets like flash lights and electronic sequence games like Simon. There were also awe inspiring displays that demonstrated 3D automated carvings and plasticized sculpture (see the cathedral sample sculpture at right). I also thought that the robotics areas were pretty cool, and although I didn't get a chance to try it out, the remote control motor bots (see left) seemed like they would be lots of fun. For tech aficionados this fair is a little nirvana.
ASIDE: I wonder if re-naming this "Innovation Faire" wouldn't better attract all the people who would love this event.
There were great crafting stations and Etsy-like handmade crafts (jewelry by the likes of Jenine.net (see Jenine blowing glass for incredibly colorful and unique glass jewelry at right--last year she was featured on the Martha Stewart Show after the fair) and Jantar, paper-made gift by RePlayGround.com, wood working art, etc.) for sale in the middle part of the grounds. I loved the buttons crafting area by BurdaStyle.com (see my headband craft at left) as well as the diverse demonstrations that were scheduled every hour and sponsored by Craftzine.com (I won a fantastic book/magazine called "Craft: Transforming Traditional Crafts" in a raffle after the paper crafting session led by Tiffany Threadgould).
HINT: Be sure to get your liability waiver bracelets if you want to participate in more dangerous activities like glass blowing with instructor, Kim Fraczek (which I loved) or swinging through water sprayers (which I passed on).
I also stood in line to get my 1 minute matchbook portrait drawn by 0H10M1ke (see below right)--very cool.
I will definitely be back next year. And now that I know how much is available (it can be overwhelming if you are not organized and plot out your day) I will make sure I am better prepared to schedule my attendance at my favorite events, performances, demonstrations, etc.
Check on the Maker Faire toward the beginning of September next year. You won't regret it.