I can not say enough good things about the Maker Faire. This year I was able to see both sides of the event. First, I got to walk around being a guest and seeing all the fair has to offer. Second, I was an exhibitor and got to interact with all the other guests. And the whole weekend ended on a high note by watching the Annular Eclipse with 100+ people.
As a guest I got to see ArcAttack, get my picture taken with a real live talking and walking (floating? rolling?) Dalek, get tested to see if I was a zombie and many other things. Fortunately, I passed my test and I am still human. The gentleman before me must have been bit somewhere, because he tested zombie! :O There were exhibits of all kinds of techs, crafts and just plain old fun stuff. Maker Faire is really hard to describe to someone who's never been. It's crafts. It's tech. It's art. It's a mix of all three. There's even a little steampunk thrown in for fun. The main thing about Maker Faire is that everything is made by normal and not so normal people. It can be as simple as a cardboard robot, or as complicated as hand made working replicas of R2D2. There are giant fire breathing dragons made from bits and pieces of garbage. Real live blacksmiths show off their skills. There was a fire truck that blew fire up into the air. A viking ship made out of cardboard and bicycles that someone rode around on. Everything is very hands on. There are many booths set up so you can make your own blinking LED necklace, Freak Flag, learn to solder, grow your own food, all sorts of things. I could go on forever! But I wont.
Time to start planning for the next solar eclipse in North America! We have a few years...2017.