Fort Wayne, Ind (WANE) – TekVenture will present the fifth annual Fort Wayne Regional Maker Faire this August. It will fill Headwaters Park with artwork, inventions and contraptions on August 8 and 9. For two days the public is invited to explore the world of makers, artists and inventors. It’s a faire where you can see demonstrations and in many cases, pick up tools and learn some of the techniques involved. Robotics, welding, 3d printing, soldering are just a few of the skills many makers use to create new items. For the third year, the popular Welding Arena will be back courtesy of local professional welders. Guests pick out pieces of scrap metal and gear up with a welder to create a metal sculpture to take home.
Makers come from our local area and from the region. Cirque AmongUs will return from Livonia, Michigan and encourage faire goers to try out several of their specialty bikes and learn about some basic circus arts, such as balance, walking a tight rope and juggling. A local confectioner who creates sweets in the forms of comic book and sci-fi characters will be there. Chad Seewald had help from TekVenture to create custom molds for his candies before he and his wife opened a storefront. The popular Twinkie Shooter will be in operation at the faire. Mini-Maker Challenges will keep the younger set engaged.
The Power Racing Series will hold an official stop at the Fort Wayne Regional Maker Faire. The Power Racing Series consists of teams from around the US that race modified electric ride-on vehicles. As a nod to them, local news makers will race against each other on non modified kiddie vehicles around the same course at a maximum speed of seven miles per hour. WANE-TV’s own Randy Spieth was the winner in 2014 and he will return to race again on Saturday, August 8 at high noon.
Ticket prices include most activities. At the door, tickets are $10 per adult and $8 per youth (age 5 to 14). If tickets are bought in advance online you can save a couple dollars. Or you could win tickets courtesy of TekVenture and WANE-TV. Go to the contest page of WANE.com to enter.
To learn more about the TekVenture art and technology lab or workshops, visit the website.