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Maker Faire returns to Meridian this weekend | Local News

ByRandall B. Phelps

Mar 28, 2022

The Mississippi Industrial Heritage Museum at Soulé Steam Feed Works is partnering with MAKE:Community to host the 7th Annual Maker Faire Meridian Saturday and Sunday.

The free event, held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, features creators from across the region. Makers range from robotics and artists to metal casting and bees, according to fair producer Greg Hatcher.

“We are excited to hear each year what the Makers will be involved with,” Hatcher said in a press release. “Mississippi is a very creative place that encourages people to use their talents in different ways. Some Makers create things for their own use, while others make things for their friends, their community, or the public markets.

New for this year’s Maker Faire, the Meridian Council for the Arts will be offering a “Tape Art” activity so attendees can show off their creative talent.

Other activities:

• Meridian Restorations Foundation will present its “Build & Learn at Merrehope” project. After learning about local architecture and preservation, young designers will build their own miniature structures.

• Johnson Honey Farm will present information on bees, honey and visitors will have the opportunity to make a beeswax candle.

• Magnolia Quilt Guild invites everyone to sit down and sew alongside some of Meridian’s finest quilters. Everyone is encouraged to participate as the guild makes a new quilt. Demonstrations of various quilting techniques will be presented.

• Choctaw Region Scouts are back this year to share some of their latest crafting experiences.

• Meridian Symphony Association will bring the Instrument Zoo so people of all ages can test their musical talent.

• The Rose Hill Company of Storytellers, dressed in period costume, will tell some of the stories that are buried in Rose Hill Cemetery which, among others, will include members of the Soulé family, as well as the Gypsy Queen.

• Lamar School Raider Robotics will demonstrate its robots.

Hatcher said he hosted the event at Meridian because of the positive message it brings to people from all walks of life.

He hopes that everyone “leaves the event with a smile”.

About Maker Faire:

Hatcher describes Maker Faire as the greatest show (and story) on Earth. As a celebration of the Maker movement, it’s a family-friendly showcase of invention and creativity that brings together tech enthusiasts, artisans, educators, tinkerers, food artisans, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, artists, students, as well as commercial exhibitors, he mentioned.

The makers come to show their creations. Participants come to glimpse the future and learn how to become makers themselves.

For more information, visit www.meridian.makerfaire.com or contact Hatcher at 601-693-9905, makerfairemeridian@comcast.net.