The Midcoast’s Mini Maker Faire has enjoyed two successful, energetic, sunny festivals of hands-on and high-tech activity in the Camden Amphitheatre. The third annual Midcoast Mini Maker Faire is set for Saturday, Sept. 12, applications are being accepted online now at midcoastmakerfaire.com. The application process is free, and there is no charge to exhibit.

The organizers invite makers, inventors, craftspeople and performers of all ages to participate. The Maker Faire motto is “Make, create, recycle, build, think, play, and be inspired by celebrating arts, crafts, engineering, food, music, science, and technology!” A Maker Faire is a place where inventors, artists, tinkerers, thinkers and learners share their passions for innovation, creativity and do-it-yourself activities.

This year, the Midcoast Mini Maker Faire hopes to return to its high-tech roots with several indoor exhibits of concepts and gadgets inside Camden Public Library to complement the family-friendly, hands-on and high-tech display under the tent in the amphitheater. In the past, the Maker Faire also has sported vehicle displays from bicycles to electric cars; a solar-powered merry-go-round; and a gassification project outdoors on the grounds. This year, a limited number of “commercial makers” will be accepted. For a $50 fee, commercial makers will be allowed to sell their wares and will be expected to offer a hands-on activity or demonstration.

The Midcoast Mini Maker Faire is produced under the auspices of the Camden Public Library with support from Midcoast Magnet, PBRCC; and sponsorship from Bangor Savings Bank and Make Magazine. Exhibitors represent a wide variety of makers including, but not limited to, those who work in traditional crafts; artists who work in any medium (from canvas to fiber); technologists with expertise in robots, arduinos or other electronics; urban gardeners who use innovative techniques like aquaponics or who keep bees; food-makers who brew beer/soda; musicians who make (or hack) instruments; energy experts who use wind, solar and other technologies to power communities; and more. The Maker Faire welcomes both established and emerging makers to apply.

A Maker Faire is where people show what they make and share what they know. Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, artists, science clubs and students of all ages and backgrounds. This is a free, family-friendly event open to all ages, a showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness in joyous celebration of the Maker movement.

The first Maker Faire occurred in 2005 in San Mateo, Calif., and was sponsored by MAKE and CRAFT magazines. It has since grown to more than 100 events in 10 different countries. To learn more about the Midcoast Mini Maker Faire online, visit the website or the Facebook page.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.