Meet a Maker! Wayne County Mini Maker Faire

Hello everyone,

Plans are underway for the next Wayne County Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, May 19th.  Be sure to mark your calendar to attend and especially to participate as a “maker”.  The Daily Record said it best: “Dubbed the ‘Greatest Show and Tell on Earth’, over 1,300 people flocked to the inaugural faire at the University of Akron Wayne College last year.

It’s a mix of new technology, inventions, interesting people, traditional (and not so traditional) hobbies.  From yarn spinning to spinning robots, it’s all part of Maker Faire.  If you haven’t been a Maker Faire anywhere in the world, it’s an unforgettable experience, now here in Wayne County!


These bizarre bazaars are gleeful public displays of innovation and do-it-yourself inventiveness, and the only requirement for participants is that they make the contraptions themselves and want to make them accessible to others.  When you visit a table, display or presentation, the guy controlling the fire spouting from his dragon car is the same fellow who built the thing, usually from the ground up.  He’ll probably tell you exactly how he made it happen, too.

Check-out this video that explains what Maker Faire is all about:


We are proud to showcase Ohio makers who participated in the Wayne County Mini Maker Faire.  One such person is Theresa Rabbitts.  Theresa, the mother of three amazing children, is a Student Services Counselor at Wayne College.  One of her hobbies includes upcycling and recycling a wide variety of items.  From wine bottle corks to kitty litter buckets, everything has a use.

Theresa uses empty bottles and jars to make useful items like planters, candle holders, and storage or creates decorative items like jewelry or wind chimes.  At last year’s faire, she showed how people to create various items from empty bottles and jars.  Some items included wind chimes, planters, candle holders, and jewelry.


Rounding out our makers who participated are the Norwayne Makers from Norwayne Elementary and Norwayne Middle School.  Their CAT class (grade 3-7) students displayed a variety of creations they prepared for last year’s Faire.  Their students love to invent and are thrilled to create, using their critical thinking skills for the Maker Faire’s creations.

Some of the creations the students have made included homemade play doh, a battery potato, a brush cleaner, colored lighting for plants, bug nutrition facts, homemade fidget spinners, and a mouse trap car!  We are interested to see what the Norwayne Makers will bring to the Fair this year.


Check out the video above; plans are underway for the 2018 Wayne County Mini Maker Faire!  Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 19, 2018 for an unforgettable experience.  The event is free to attend and participate.  To be a maker at the faire, be sure to signup here.  We’d love to have you and participation is free.  Thanks and we look forward to you joining us in 2018!


Until next week,