The third annual Big Muddy Mini Maker Faire is less than a month away.

Known as the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth – this family-friendly event is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. The upcoming Faire is Saturday, March 7, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., at Restoration Natatorium, 117 Francis St.

This year’s Big Muddy Mini Maker Faire will feature more than 40 technology enthusiasts, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, artists, students and commercial exhibitors.

Donna Gibson, The Big Muddy Mini Maker Faire producer, said the creativity and innovation at The Big Muddy Mini Maker Faire is an opportunity for youth to learn in a show and tell format.

“People should plan to stay the whole day,” Gibson said. “There are so many talented makers that will be in attendance and it is a wonderful way for kids to engage in hands-on learning. In addition to the makers, we have entertainment scheduled every hour that includes music, juggling, magic shows and trivia.”

The showcase of invention and creativity has unique exhibits featuring music made from electricity, hands-on chemistry, robotics and a new large inflatable lung exhibit.

“The lung exhibit is a new, highly interactive educational experience about the respiratory system,” Gibson said. “Visitors will step inside the exhibit and learn about the structure, normal lung functions and observe examples of lung trauma and disease.”

Many makers claim they have no other place to share what they do. The do-it-yourself projects are often invisible in our community, with most making taking place in shops, garages and on kitchen tables.

Gibson said there are a lot of new exhibits this year that are enjoyable for all attendees.

“This Faire is for all ages,” Gibson said. “It is a glimpse of the future and a way to get inspired.”

Early-bird tickets can be purchased online at for $5 or at the door on the day of the event for $7.

This event is sponsored by: Make: Community; Mosaic Life Care Foundation; St. Joseph Missouri Visitors Bureau; Bank of America; Creal Clark, & Seifert; Mosaic Life Care; Altec; David H. Morton Memorial Fund for the Arts and Nodaway Valley Bank.

Founded in 2006, Maker Faire is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness. People of all ages and backgrounds gather to show what they create and share their learnings. With more than 200 Maker Faires happening around the world and Make: magazine as its flagship publication, the Maker Movement is a transforming force in innovation, culture and education.

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