The Big Muddy mini Maker Faire

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — Inventors, hobbyists and curious minds will gather at the Restoration Natatorium on Saturday, March 2 for the 2nd annual Big Muddy Mini Maker Faire.

The event is a gathering of individuals who enjoy showing and telling what they can do, according to a Heartland Foundation news release.

Engineers, tinkerers and many others, all by the name of “makers,” will join for “The Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth.” This glimpse into the world of creative invention will offer a family-friendly showcase of resourcefulness.

More than 40 makers will share knowledge through hands-on projects, demonstrations and workshops at the event. Attendees will be able to observe robotic showcases, spinning wool, a CPR lesson and other activities. Area students, schools and public libraries also will share how innovation happens during education.

Shocking Science will return to the event, showcasing modern technology to play music with man-made lightning. Steve Siegel uses Tesla coils and electricity to bring music to guests’ ears.

Another crowd favorite, Hamster Wheel Entertainment LLC, once again will be at the fair. For a small fee, attendees may run on a hamster wheel to create their own custom shaved ice.

New to the event this year, AR Workshop, of St. Joseph, will offer a custom wood project that attendees may purchase. Guests can choose a design and customize a project with a choice of designer paints and nontoxic stain colors.

Early bird tickets are on sale through Friday, March 1 and may be purchased for $5 at Tickets also will be on sale at the door for $7.

The 2019 Big Muddy Maker Faire is scheduled to be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Restoration Natatorium, 117 Francis St., St. Joseph, MO 64501.

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