Saturday, March 25, 10am-3pm
Arnot Mall, Horseheads, NY
In 2014 the Steele Memorial library, the main branch operating under the Chemung County Library District, opened its very own makerspace. It was decided that an event highlighting “making” could help expose the community to the idea of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) projects. Knowing little about putting on such an event, much planning was undertaken in developing what would turn out to be a very successful event.
The first CCLD Maker Expo was held at the Steele Memorial Library and had approximately 30 makers while drawing 900 attendees. The following year the expo was expanded to 48 Exhibitors that drew over 1100 attendees, it would also be the year we added the Power Tool Drag Race. Attendees transformed power tools into drag racing machines, and would then compete against one another by racing them. The Power Tool Drag Race quickly became a fan-favorite and a staple of the event.
In the third year we found the event had out-grown the Steele Library. Makers and their exhibits could be found both inside and outside of the building, bustling with attendees.
This year, being the fourth year, we are excited to announce that we are now an official Mini Maker Faire and have a new partnership with Corning Community College. Our new venue, The Arnot Mall, will provide us with the space needed to expand the event to allow more Makers and attendees.
Our intention has always been to encourage and inspire children, teens, and adults to become Makers themselves while providing the resources they need. A Mini Maker Faire is an event that “celebrates arts, crafts, engineering, science projects and the DIY mindset”.
Having the ability to showcase local Makers that will embolden the community to tap into their own creativity is something we love. It’s our hope that you will join us in discovering something new and exciting, something which might inspire you!
Maker Faire originated in 2006 in the San Francisco Bay Area as a project of the editors of Make: magazine. It has since grown into a significant worldwide network of both flagship and independently-produced events. Read more on Maker Faire history, the Maker Movement, as well as how to start a Maker Faire or a School Maker Faire where you live.