Malheur Maker Faire

Four Rivers Cultural Center - Ontario, Oregon

April 13, 2024


Answer this Call for Makers and join the biggest show-and-tell in the Treasure Valley.

YOU are a Maker if you craft, build, tinker, design, or create just about anything. 

Show it at the Maker Faire! 

NOTE: The Malheur Maker Faire is a youth-focused, family-friendly event. To uphold our commitment to the safety and well-being of youth, certain items and themes are strictly prohibited from being displayed or promoted at our event. This includes but is not limited to drug-related paraphernalia or branding, gang symbols, depictions of violence, alcohol-related content, or sexual material. Join us in celebrating innovation and imagination while respecting the boundaries that ensure a positive experience for all attendees. 

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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

Mark your calendar and plan to join us as a MAKER, presenting or exhibiting your creations, or as an ATTENDEE participating in innovation, creativity, and fun!

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!

Who are Makers? 

Tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, 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, 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.