BROOKINGS – A popular, unique and family-friendly Brookings event featuring local innovators and DIYers demonstrating their amazing creativity is back for its fourth year.
The Brookings Maker Festival will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, on Kidoodle Way, in front of the Children’s Museum. The festival features Brookings area residents and entrepreneurs exhibiting everything from low-tech to high-tech, foods, arts and crafts, electronics, 3D printing, wood working and more.
The Brookings Maker Festival was developed by Brookings Economic Development Corporation to highlight local makers and promote making as a way of life. Nationally, the Maker Movement is a growth mindset that establishes platforms where access to technology, expertise, collaboration and learning-by-doing foster creative problem solving, innovative product development and an improved quality of life for everyone.
“The Maker Festival is a celebration of Brookings as a vibrant, creative community,” said Jennifer Quail, BEDC’s director of entrepreneur support and organizer of the event. “Whether you consider yourself a do-it-yourselfer, inventor, builder, maker or problem solver, we invite you to participate to share your talents and help inspire others.”
There is no charge to participate in the festival, and admission is also free. Interested individuals are encouraged to register at startupbrookings.com or call 697-8103 for more information. Exhibitors are not allowed to sell as the intent is to celebrate making, according to Quail.
Last year’s festival featured make-and-take kids activities, wood turning, artists, repurposing and recycling, jewelry, musical instruments, sculpting, video creation, crafts, alpaca products, fiber works, game design, clothing, baking and more.
“Interest in this event increases each year as people become more aware of the maker movement,” Quail said.
“With hands-on activities and demonstrations, Brookings residents young and old will find something to inspire and empower them to embrace the local maker culture.”
The Maker Festival is part of BEDC’s Startup Hub, a collaboration of local organizations supporting ideas, innovation and entrepreneurship in the Brookings region. One of the many resources available as part of the Startup Hub is the Brookings Area Makerspace, a shared workshop and creative space for product development, prototyping, researching, testing and experimenting created and managed by BEDC.