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Maker Community To Celebrate Dayton Spirit Of Invention


This August marks the 3rd annual Dayton Mini Maker Faire. Last year’s event drew several thousand visitors.  The event is a two-day celebration of people who, as you may have heard - know how to make some really cool stuff. To get the details on this year’s event we spoke with  Emily and Josh Cory of Make It Dayton - the group behind the event. First they tell us how the maker fair started.

More details from Make It Dayton: 

Dayton History and Make It Dayton are pleased to announce that the 3rd annual Dayton Mini Maker Faire will be held at Carillon Historical Park on August 4 and 5, 2018.

Maker Faire is a global event series started by Make magazine in 2006 to celebrate the all-encompassing, diverse nature of maker culture: arts, crafts, engineering, science, a commitment to the DIY mindset and more.

The Dayton Mini Maker Faire is a locally produced celebration of tinkering, invention and creativity that showcases projects from across local hobbyists, small businesses, makerspaces and students. The exhibits will cover a wide range of interests, including virtual reality, woodworking, robotics, fiber arts, amateur radio, music and much more. Several hands-on activities and classes will be offered as part of the event, including a HAM radio operator certification course, basic soldering skills for adults and children, model rocket building, and live demonstrations of blacksmithing and woodworking.

The Boneyard Build-off, the DIY battle royale pitting makers against makers, will also return again this year. Interested makers can apply to participate as an exhibitor, instructor or vendor at the 2018 Dayton Mini Maker Faire at dayton.makerfaire.com/call-for-makers. The Boneyard Build-Off is also looking for several teams to compete in the 2018 event. Interested teams can apply at dayton.makerfaire.com/boneyard-buildoff. Questions about the event or sponsorship opportunities should be directed to Make It Dayton at makeitdayton@gmail.com or Clint Rodgers, Guest Experience Coordinator at crodgers@daytonhistory.org.