Call for Makers is now open!

Welcome to The Big Muddy Mini Maker Faire Website

We’re aiming for bigger, better and even more fun on March 2, 2019. Our faire will run from 10 am – 5 pm.

Planning is underway for the 2nd Big Muddy Mini Maker Faire. First, and likely most important on the agenda, is our Call for Makers, which is now open.

In case you don’t know, Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth — part
science fair, part county fair, and part something new! This family-friendly showcase of invention and creativity brings together tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, food artisans, hobbyists, engineers, artists, students, and commercial vendors. These makers come to show their creations and share their learnings.

What types of makers are we looking for? Try this list on for starters:

  • Student projects
  • Robotics
  • Homegrown drones
  • Arduino projects
  • Raspberry Pi
  • Space projects
  • Food makers (not concessionaires)
  • Conductive materials projects
  • Kit makers
  • Interactive art projects
  • 3D printers and CNC mills
  • Textile arts and crafts
  • E-textiles
  • Home energy monitoring
  • Rockets and RC toys
  • Sustainability & Green Tech
  • Radios, vintage computers and game systems
  • Electronics
  • Electric vehicles
  • Science, biology/biotech and chemistry projects
  • Puppets, kites and other whimsical creations
  • Bicycles
  • Large-scale art
  • Shelter (tents, domes, etc.)
  • Music performances and participation
  • Unusual tools or machines
  • How to fix things or take them apart (vacuums, clocks, washing machines, etc.)

You get the idea? So, don’t delay. Click on the Call for Makers link, fill out the form, and get Making!

More than 800 people visited the 2018 Faire!

We’re pleased at the turnout for both makers and visitors for our first Faire on March 3, 2018. The weather outside was near springlike, and the atmosphere inside the Restoration Natatorium was, well, Fairelike.

It was the regular pounding of hammers at the Hillyard’s Technical School booth where guests built their own birdhouses. It was the fascinating music — the Mission Impossible theme and the Benny Hill theme — generated by an electrical arc at the Shocking Science booth. It was the laughter of children and the buzz of questions and explanations at most other booths. It was education in motion. It was curiosity and discovery. Most of all, it was FUN!

The Big Muddy Mini Maker Faire is located in St. Joseph, Missouri. Until 2018, you had to travel to Kansas City, Springfield, Omaha or Des Moines to visit a Maker Faire. Now, a faire is in your own backyard.

We are part of a growing network of Mini-Maker Faires that are selectively chosen to bring this exciting engagement to their local communities.

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Maker Faire creates conversations with makers about their discoveries. With a show-and-tell format for people of all ages, this interactive event brings out the “kid” in all of us. Our regional outreach is to makers, vendors, sponsors and visitors of Northwest Missouri. Our goal is to offer an exciting, educational and entertaining experience.

We invite you to be a part of our faire.


The Big Muddy Mini Maker Faire and Restoration Natatorium request that no weapons be brought into the building while the Faire is operating.

What is Maker Faire?

Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these "makers" to show hobbies, experiments, projects.

We call it the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth - a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.

Glimpse the future and get inspired!

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