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June 17, 2015

Makers’ Faires abound

Students and grownups get to debut inventions

Staff report

KILLINGTON—Killington Elementary School students outdid themselves with projects at the school’s first ever Makers’ Faire earlier this month, reported school officials in the weekly newsletter. Projects ran the gamut and included solar cars, flying cars, nature trail designs, bristle bot designs and races, floating and sinking Lego boats, and animal creations using recyclables. At every turn, evidence of school-wide engineering practices were displayed, and the students experienced great pride during this event.

Next up, a group of regional and local organizations is coming together to hold our first annual Rutland mini-Makers’ Faire, Saturday, Aug. 1 in collaboration with Rutland’s Sidewalk Sale Days. Rutland Economic Development Corp (REDC) is in the process of identifying “makers” in our community to display their talents in exhibit space on Merchants Row. The goal is to have 20-30 makers displaying and providing demonstrations of what they create.

“In today’s busy world we often lose sight of the new entrepreneurs operating out of their basements, garages, kitchens and living rooms,” said Terri Carrington of REDC in a recent release. “A group of organizations focused on the economic wellbeing of this region are working collaboratively on several efforts to grow our business base. One of our first focus areas will be providing support for emerging enterprises home-grown in the Rutland Region. The Makers’ Faire is a step in bringing these businesses together to highlight the interesting and innovative activities that are happening here today.”

Small home-based businesses and hobbyists are encouraged to apply. The group is now accepting applications. There is no cost to participate. For more information or to apply, visit the Rutland Makers’ Faire webpage at www.rutlandmakers.org.

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