Malheur Maker Faire

Four Rivers Cultural Center - Ontario, Oregon

(676 SW 5th Ave, Ontario, OR 97914) 

Saturday, April 13, 2024

10:00 am - 4:00 pm MDT

What is Maker Faire? 

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

Schedule of Workshops and Demonstrations

Featured Makers

Dr. Pickelstein's Traveling STEM Show

Presentations at 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Have you ever seen elephant toothpaste?  Do you want to see a genie leap out of a bottle?  Does the sight and sound from fire and explosions excite your senses?  If any of these intrigue you, then Dr. Picklestein (a.k.a. Dr. Henry Charlier, from the BSU Chemistry Department) is the answer!  Dr. Picklestein’s unique brand of edutainment (educational entertainment) is custom-made to inform and delight audiences of all ages! 

Lunatic Fringe Yarns

Unique yarns for Unique People

A yarn store that specializes in weaving. A variety of looms will be available for interactive, hands-on demonstrations. 

Mom’s Best Breads, LLC 

Ever wondered how sourdough works? Join the demonstration class at 11:30. Beginner’s kits and sourdough products available for purchase. 

The Gemini Talks Beeswax Food Wraps

The Gemini Talks, Beeswax food wraps are a plastic bag alternative for food storage that help keep your foods fresher. Reusable by hand washing them in cold water & soap, lasting for a year or longer.  Handmade with local beeswax, and are compostable! I’m using cute fabrics that make sustainable options super fun. 

Learn more at our demonstration at 11:00 a.m. 

Local Medicinal Herbs

Learn about local plants that can be utilized medicinally.

Join a hands-on workshop at 10:30 a.m. to learn how to identify and use wild-crafted herbs medicinally. 

Vale High School VEX Robotics

Six Robots will be competing on a 12x12 field. Hands-on demonstrations will be available throughout the day.

Treasure Valley Soap & Candle Co. 

Hi! I'm Haleigh, the owner and founder of Treasure Valley Soap Co. I have used goat milk soap for over a decade due to skin sensitivity and one day I was inspired to create my own soaps using my personal goat's milk, and that's where my passion of soap making came from. We have grown so much and now offer a variety of different products like soy candles & lotions. 

by the Reuseum 

Make your own SuperBristleBot Robots. You can race them and take them home to your family. 

Lavender Gardens of Payette 

Enjoy lavender?  Come join our workshop at 2:30 p.m. and learn how to make lavender sugar scrub. You’ll be rewarded with the relaxing aroma of lavender and the exfoliating element of sugar. 

Treasure Valley MultiGP Drone Racing

Watch live-action Drone Racing and try out your own pilot skills on a drone flight simulator. 

Stay Sour Sourdough 

Sourdough artisan bread, sourdough goodies. Joini the demonstration of feeding starter and making sourdough bread at 1:30 p.m.

Upcycling Books 

Examples of upcycling old or unusable books into something different or usable.  Be inspired to upcycle a book and keep it out of the landfill.  Make and take a craft out of book pages. 


Unfold your creativity at our origami station, where paper becomes a canvas for imagination at Maker Faire.

Mirror Moonology

Homemade perfumes/Body Oils, candles, floral wrapped smudges, and jewelry 

Silversmithing and Jewelry Making

Earrings, necklaces, rings, etc handcrafted from silver. 


Student Tech Creations

Advanced CS students will share their tech creations including: 

Who are Makers? 

Tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, homesteaders, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and entrepreneurs are all considered Makers. Maker Faires give Makers the opportunity to come together to show their projects and to talk about what they have learned. This community-based learning event inspires everyone to become a Maker, and connect with people and projects in their local community. Yet, Maker Faire is a “fair” — fun, engaging, and exciting.

We invite local youth organizations to join in the fun at Malheur Maker Faire. Some of the nationally organized groups that participate at Maker Faires around the world include 4-H, Future Farmers of America, FIRST Robotics, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Boys & Girls Clubs.

Schools, especially those with educational programs in Engineering, Art, Science, and Crafts from pre-K to college, should consider signing up as makers at this event. This an excellent opportunity to show the community what students are learning and creating in school.

By participating in Malheur Maker Faire, local artists, community art centers, and art collectives can inspire creativity and create public awareness of their programs. From Origami to watercolors, Makers share their art with visitors at Maker Faires hosted around the world.

Other groups such as master gardening programs, quilting clubs, and afterschool programs are sharing what they are doing and learning. Drone racing leagues, LEGO user groups, amateur aviation groups, amateur radio clubs, Audubon and bird-watching groups are just a few of the many interests that find their way to a Maker Faire.

Maker Faire originated in 2006 in the San Francisco Bay Area as a project of the editors of Make: magazine.  It has since grown into a significant worldwide network of both flagship and independently-produced events.  Read more on Maker Faire history, the Maker Movement, as well as how to start a Maker Faire or a School Maker Faire where you live.

Tech enthusiasts, crafters, homesteaders, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and entrepreneurs all come together to show their projects and to talk about what they have learned.  Each year Makers inspire others to become Makers, too. There are more than 150 different categories of Makers that participate in the events around the world.

Show and Tell vs Selling Maker

A show and tell maker is our entry point to participating. In this category makers show off their projects, educate others on how it’s done, and often have a hands-on activity or demonstration to show off the process. Our attendees love the process almost as much as the end product. So even if you simply are a garage hobbyist, this category is designed so you can participate too!

A selling maker is someone that would like to open up the opportunity to promote and sell their projects and products onsite at the event. A selling maker is an extension of the show and tell maker and simply opens up the sales opportunity. We still highly recommend having a hands-on activity or demonstration. Keeps people at your booth longer.

My Project isn’t finished, should I still exhibit?

YES! Everyone coming to a Maker Faire loves the process of making. We want to see what you are working on, know how you did it, what stumbling blocks you have hit, and see your progress regardless of stage. It helps emphasize “making” is a journey, not necessarily a destination.

In coordination with the Malheur Maker Faire, Frontier STEM Hub - Malheur ESD and OSU Extension are hosting an 

Art Challenge for 4th-12th Grade Students of Malheur County!

The theme of the challenge is Harmony of the High Desert - Malheur County's Rugged Beauty