File photo Here’s an example of a maker at a Maker Faire in Red Deer — Tyler Bacon with his hat creations. The Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce is hoping to attract makers from a range of disciplines for their Maker Faire Sept. 23.

Qualicum Beach chamber to host maker faire Sept. 23

Deadline for makers of models to art to robots and more to join faire is Sept. 9

Whether you’re building a robot that can serve you tea in the morning, carving wood into oars, benches and chairs, or 3-D printing your own miniature fantasy characters, there’s a new event that’s just for you.

The Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce is holding a Maker Faire later this September, tapping into a movement that’s spread across North America over the past 10 years that seeks to put the makers of weird and wonderful things into the spotlight.

If you make something yourself (or with others), and you work out of a garage, a studio or your bedroom, Maker Faire’s the place to showcase your work, or see what others are doing in the area.

The chamber’s CEO, Evelyn Clark, said the chamber is holding the event in an effort to connect with an underground economy of people who make and sell their own products.

“There’s a lot of things that people are doing quietly in their basements, and making a living at it,” said Clark.

The Maker Faire can be a new way for the chamber and those makers to be in contact with each other and to learn from each other, she said.

“There are people doing really interesting things, and we just wanted to celebrate a type of economy that isn’t just tourism… so we’re very excited about doing something slightly different.”

So far the response to the event has been good, with Clark predicting there will be an eclectic range of makers at the faire. The event is scheduled to take place Saturday, Sept. 23, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Qualicum Beach Community Hall.

One of the groups taking part is a robotics group from Arrowview School, said Clark.

But there is still room for more makers to take part.

The deadline for booking a booth is Sept. 9. Costs are $30 for an exhibition table, or $40 if you’re selling a product. There will also be opportunities for demos on stage.

To book a booth space, call 250-752-0960 or email members@qualicum.bc.ca.

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