KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Hundreds of Kansas City tinkerers, young and old, converged on Union Station Saturday for the third annual Maker Faire.
Artisans displayed and offered for sale their wares, everything from sculptures to musical instruments to chain-mail garments, while groups offered demonstrations of robotics, 3-D printing and metalworking, among others.
Dozens of tricked-out low-rider cars were parked out front, and there was even a 100-bottle Coca-Cola and Mentos fountain.
The weekend show-and-tell festival celebrates innovation, invention and creativity. It features more than 300 makers -- up from 130 in 2011.
It continues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 30. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for children/youth/military and seniors. A complete schedule can be found at www.makerfairekc.com
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Leaders of Union Station were very excited with the event, and have great plans for its future.
"We are thrilled that Union Station is the host site for one of the five largest Maker Faires in the world," Bob Regnier, Union Station chairman of the board, said.
"Maker Faire: Kansas City is becoming one of our city's key summer festivals not only because it offers a new version of family fun, but it also brings together many of Kansas City's innovators, inventors, designers and emerging entrepreneurs, connecting dots in our community in ways that have never happened before," George Guastello, Union Station president and CEO said. "What excites us about Maker Faire is that it is not just a one-weekend festival but will become a year-round program, as we are working to build a permanent Maker Space inside of our Science Center to offer Maker workshops and programs to students throughout the year."