The Maker Faire is the coolest event on the planet! It is part science faire, part DIY workshop, part craft faire and part green. Or so they say. And most of the people who attend the Faire are equally cool. Decked out in steampunk corsets and top hats, hair dyed every color of the rainbow, with fishnet stockings ripped from here to there. An echoing drum beat thrums throughout the fairgrounds. This hipster event is where all the cool kids go.
Only it turns out, that I'm not a cool kid!
When my family and I hit the Maker Faire last weekend, I had big hopes and unfortunately not big plans. I just figured we'd show up mid-day and hit some stalls, learn some stuff, the kids would "make", we'd all see what older, bigger "kids" had made and we'd be good.
But the Maker Faire is not for the weak or the disorganized. It was insanely crowded. You could hardly see the exhibits over the shoulders and under the arms of other visitors. Parking was so full that we were advised to drive 10 minutes away and catch a shuttle down the hill to the event. There was a map but no signs advising what was what. After wandering aimlessly for three hours and then choking down some nachos, which my son later choked up (yes, it was lovely!), we skedaddled.
A couple days later, I felt recovered enough to read my friend, Alison's post: 12 Tips To Being a Pro At the Maker Faire. Looks like I did every one wrong. Ah well, maybe next year . . .
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