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LEWISTON - The Maker Faire is coming to Lewiston-Auburn! The first annual Lewiston-Auburn Mini Maker Faire will take place on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at the Bates Mill Complex at 35 Canal Street in Lewiston.

The Call for Makers, Performers and Crafters is open now through July 27th. Any groups or individuals interested in participating in this inaugural event should complete the simple application at by July 27th.

The Lewiston-Auburn Mini Maker Faire takes after its enormous parent event, Maker Faire, which hosts tens of thousands of visitors in San Mateo, California each May. The Lewiston-Auburn Mini Maker Faire will be a smaller, community-focused event, but will follow the Maker Faire model of celebrating do-it-yourself creativity and tinkering.

“Make, create, craft, recycle, build, think, play and be inspired by celebrating arts, crafts, engineering, food, music, science and technology.”

Featuring both established and emerging local “makers,” the Lewiston-Auburn Mini Maker Faire is a family-friendly celebration expecting to feature rockets and robots, DIY science and technology, urban farming and sustainability, alternative energy, bicycles, unique hand-made crafts, music and local food, and educational workshops and installations.

Eepybird, best known for their Diet Coke and Mentos fountain creations, will be among the participating Makers. Stephen Voltz, co-founder of Eepybird, says that the Maker Faire “is where science and engineering collide with art and DIY culture. It’s my favorite event anywhere on the planet.” More makers and creators will be listed and featured on after the Call for Makers closes on July 27.

The Lewiston-Auburn Mini Maker Faire is fortunate to have Museum L-A as its sponsor and non-profit beneficiary. Since 2004, Museum L-A has become a relevant cultural organization in Androscoggin County and the State of Maine. Its innovative formulas for creating community connections have been recognized and awarded by such national and prestigious organizations as The American Association for State and Local History and the New England Museum Association. Museum L-A chronicles the history of work, industry and community in the Lewiston and Auburn area and is located in the Bates Mill – the historic hub of technology and innovation in L-A.

The Lewiston-Auburn Mini Maker Faire was developed by an experienced and dedicated committee of volunteers including: Museum L-A Board members Christine Bosse, Kevin Callahan and Gene Clough; as well as Jean Maginnis, Dan Stasko, Sharon Timberlake, Lee Upton, Cindy Voltz and John Voltz. It is organized under the direction of Stephen Voltz and the staff of Museum L-A. Any proceeds from the Lewiston-Auburn Mini Maker Faire will benefit the work and mission of Museum L-A.

This will be the first time that an organization in Maine has been granted the national license to organize a Mini Maker Faire. Maker Faire began in 2005 in San Mateo, CA by the people behind MAKE and CRAFT magazines. Maker Faire has also appeared in Austin, Detroit and New York City. Mini Maker Faires have started to sprout up around the United States, including events in Ann Arbor, Pittsburgh, Aspen, Kansas City, and Seattle.

Follow the development of the Lewiston-Auburn Mini Maker Faire on Twitter @laminimakerfair, as well as on its Facebook fan page Lewiston-Auburn Mini Maker Faire.