Fredonia Mini Maker Faire set for Saturday

The 2nd annual Fredonia Mini Maker Faire is slated Saturday on the campus of The State University of New York at Fredonia in the Williams Center and the Science Center.

The Fredonia Mini Maker Faire is a free, family friendly event and is a joint production of the Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattararugus BOCES and The State University of New York at Fredonia in collaboration with MAKE magazine and additional sponsors. This regional circus of creativity that was attended by more than 3,500 people last year.

The event attracts those with STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and the arts.

Visit the campus this Saturday, Oct. 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a day dedicated to discovering, playing, creating and making. Dozens of free make-and-take stations are a highlight of the event. The Maker Faire is all about showing, telling and learning how to create. This one-day event is supported by more than 100 makers, 250 volunteers and generous sponsors.

Featured Makers this year include Mario the Maker Magician (special performances at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.), 10-year-old Rosie Scordo of Rosie’s Robots (where children can make their own Vibrobot), along with an R2D2 replica, a chainsaw artist, a cardboard creation room, a creativity station for all ages and a circuit station.

Makers and make-and-take activities include: Screenprinting, Soldering, Tie-Dye T-shirt station (all with a $5 fee) along with Robot Cars, Silverware Art, Acorns: A Forgotten Food, Southtown Radio Club, Float Your Boats, Zosia’s Wireworks Jewelry, Ancient Art Jewelry, Light for Fitness, Empty Bowls Project, Mini Xylophones of Non-Traditional Design, Bookbinding, Northern Chautauqua Carvers, Badabling Design Handcrafted Bags, AJ Schmidt, Great Lakes FX: Nurture by Nature, Wildlife Woodworking, Take-A-Part Station, Remnants Renewed, Creation Station, Wacky Wyatt’s Balloon Bonanza, Cassette Cycle: The Art of Recycling Tapes, Weightlifting System, Carolyn’s Creations, E2CCB WNY P-TECH STEM Academy, Urban Lumber, Bob’s Woodworking, video game makers, Painting by Tube, Soapy Truths — And Lye, a Wave Pendulum, Rocket Launch, Morse Code Bracelets with the Girls Scouts of WNY, B.F.F. Slimez, Beach Glass Art, Cricut Creations, Doug’s Basement Workshop, Nature Art with the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, a Cider Press, Stream Youth Fly Fishing, Ancient Sone Carving and so much more.

Food trucks will be on site beginning at 11 a.m. and include: the Cheesy Chick, Chef’s On the Go, Coldstone Creamery, Coyote Cafe, Crunch Roll Factory and the Great Foodini. The on-campus Starbucks, T-Rex Cafe in the Science Center and the Tim Hortons in the Williams Center will also be open and selling refreshments.

Basket raffles featuring items generously donated by local Makers and businesses will be held in both the Williams Center and the Science Center. All proceeds will support the growing Maker Movement in Chautauqua County.

Like the Fredonia Mini Maker Faire page on Facebook and follow it on Twitter @FREDmakerfaire. Visit the website at for handy maps to help with navigating the “circus of creativity” that is Maker Faire.

Fredonia Mini Maker Faire is produced by Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES, The State University of New York at Fredonia and MAKE magazine, along with the generous support of sponsors including the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System, the Phyllis and Lawrence Patrie Endowment for the Sciences, the National Grid, Walmart, the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier, Lake Shore Savings, Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation. E-mail for more information or call 672-4371, ext. 2135.