women weaving colorful threads on a loom
Feb 19, 2016

Kalispell Mini Maker Faire Coming February 27

Kalispell Mini Maker Faire
An exhibitor in the 2015 Kalispell Mini Maker Faire demonstrates how to use an old-fashioned spinning wheel to create fabric.

The third annual Kalispell Mini Maker Faire will be held February 27 at Flathead Valley Community College. Co-sponsored by FVCC and ImagineIF Libraries, the Kalispell Mini Maker Faire is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness. The event is free and open to the public and will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Arts and Technology Building on campus.

Maker Faire is a gathering of scientists, artists, do-it-yourselfers, up-cyclers, tech enthusiasts, crafts people and others who enjoy making things and sharing what they learned in the process. The first Maker Faire was held in San Mateo, Calif. in 2006 and has since grown to include events all over the world, including the World Maker Faire in New York. Locally organized events, such as the Kalispell Mini Maker Faire, are produced under a license with Maker Media, Inc.

This year’s Kalispell Mini Maker Faire will include interactive exhibits on weaving and spinning, origami folding, primitive fire starting techniques, food and beverage fermentation, bicycle maintenance, metal art welding, solar energy and more. ImagineIF Libraries will host a children’s area with games and activities and a photo booth.

Along with more than 20 exhibits, the Kalispell Mini Maker Faire will feature 45-minute presentations on tiny houses, robot building and the patenting process. An assortment of food and beverage items will be available for purchase at the event.

For more information about the Kalispell Mini Maker Faire, visit or contact Jill Seigmund at 756-3834 or