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Kingsport Mini Maker Faire seeking tinkerers, do-it-yourselfers

LURAH LOWERY, llowery@timesnews.net • Jun 7, 2014 at 6:33 PM

KINGSPORT — Dubbed the "greatest show and tell on Earth," the third annual Kingsport Mini Maker Faire will take place during Fun Fest on Sunday, July 13, from 1 to 6 p.m.

The event is a gathering of technological and hands-on makers of all ages who show and teach their tips and skills to anyone interested.

Maker Faire is an internationally known event that was launched in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006. The event was designed with two goals: to bring attention to the popularity of creating and to boost interest among aspiring makers to participate.

In 2013, 195,000 people attended the Maker Faires in the Bay Area and in New York. Forty-four percent of the 195,000 attended the event for the first time at the Bay Area event and 61 percent in New York.

In the same year, 98 independently produced Mini and Featured Maker Faires occurred around the world, including those in Tokyo, Rome, Santiago and Oslo.

During the first Mini Maker Faire in Kingsport in 2012, there were 26 makers and 500 people in attendance at the event.

Maker Faire was designed and is kept alive annually by Maker Media. Maker Media also publishes MAKE magazine and offers do-it-yourself electronics, tools, kits and books through its online and pop-up Maker Shed stores.

For an expanded version of this article, please see Sunday's print edition or our expanded electronic edition.

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