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April 24, 2012

Maker Faire, the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth, Returns for the 7th Annual Bay Area Faire, May 19-20

SEBASTOPOL, CA--(Marketwire - Apr 24, 2012) - Maker Faire, the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth, will be held at the San Mateo County Event Center in San Mateo, CA, on Saturday, May 19 from 10am to 8pm, and Sunday, May 20 from 10am to 6pm.

Over 600 makers will be sharing their projects, inventions and hobbies at the Bay Area festival. A full list of makers can be found at http://www.makerfaire.com. From arts and crafts, food, and music to science and engineering projects, the makers will showcase their incredible projects and tell their stories of DIY spirit and creativity. Maker extraordinaire Adam Savage, of MythBusters fame, will be back this year! Come see Adam present at 11am on Sunday, May 20.

"We are thrilled to be back for a seventh year in the Bay Area," said Maker-in-Chief, Sherry Huss, of O'Reilly Media's MAKE division. "We have hundreds of new makers at the festival who, along with returning makers, have so many fun and exciting projects to share with attendees. We're expecting over 100,000 people this year, and they're in for an amazing weekend."

Along with rockets, robots, science and technology, the Homegrown Village and Maker Square at Maker Faire has an entire area focused on food, urban farming, and sustainability. Local farmers from the Bay Area will teach attendees all about cheese making, home coffee brewing, backyard beekeeping, seed bombing, composting, urban goat keeping and milking, and much more. Master gardeners will be on hand to teach participants how to build bug habitats; the folks from Tumbleweed Tiny House Company will be speaking and have an exhibit. Faire goers can learn how to make their own butter, DIY chocolate and beer! These are just a few of the makers to meet in the Homegrown Village area.

Tickets to Maker Faire Bay Area 2012 are on sale now at www.makerfaire.com. Early bird pricing ($8 - $22) ends at midnight on Wednesday, May 9; advanced ticket sales ($12 - $27.50) take place between May 10 and May 18. Tickets will be available on-site ($15 - $30).

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A celebration of DIY culture, Maker Faire Bay Area 2012 runs Saturday-Sunday, May 19-20, at the San Mateo County Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo. Saturday, 10 am to 8 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm. $8 - $30; ages 3 and under are free. http://www.makerfaire.com. To purchase tickets, including weekend passes: www.makerfaire.com

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Maker Faire Sponsors
Maker Faire Bay Area 2012 Goldsmith Sponsors include: Intel, Oracle, RadioShack, Autodesk, General Electric and TechShop.

Produced by MAKE Magazine and O'Reilly Media, Maker Faire is part playground, part science fair, part welding shop, part county fair and 100 percent unique.

About Maker Faire
The inaugural Maker Faire was held in San Mateo, CA in 2006. Maker Faire Bay Area will celebrate its seventh annual Bay Area event in May 2012 with over 100,000 people in attendance. As Maker Faire has grown in popularity and relevance, additional Faires were launched in 2010 in Detroit and New York City. Community-driven, independently produced Mini Maker Faire events inspired by Maker Faire are now being produced around the United States and the World. Maker Faire is supported by MAKE magazine and O'Reilly Media, the information source for leading-edge computer technologies. For more information about Maker Faire, please visit www.makerfaire.com

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