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Last year’s Louisville Mini Maker Faire held concurrently with NuLu Festival was so successful — and so much fun! — it’s no big surprise they’re doing it again and doing it bigger.

The event has expanded and will now cover the 800 and 900 blocks of East Market Street.

NuLu Festival used to be an “after party” for IdeaFestival, but this year the Maker Faire and festival will “kick-off” the festival instead. The event will be held Sept. 27, and IdeaFestival begins on Sep. 30.

“Both IdeaFestival and the ‘maker movement’ represent a challenge to stay curious and embrace new ways to create — all while having more fun, being more innovative and imaginative, and most of all being more open to new ideas and disruptive ways of thinking,” Kris Kimel, IdeaFestival founder, said in a news release. “We are pleased to join Louisville Mini Maker Faire again this year in welcoming all makers to Kentucky.”

The Maker Faire has issued its Call for Makers, which is open until Aug. 31. If you’re interested in leading an activity or showing off your sweet hacks, get in touch with the folks at the Faire. Louisville Mini Maker Faire welcomes “makers” of all kinds, including “science, technology and engineering; arts and crafts; food, beverages and greentech; and many other disciplines.”

Last year’s Louisville’s Mini Maker Faire drew an estimated crowd of between 10,000 and 15,000, with more than 85 Makers participating.

Already, 2014 exhibits include a display of skills and creations in 3D printing, robotics, drones, engineering, and artistry.

 

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