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Sonoma County, Calif., makers came out in full force for a day of family-friendly fun at the Santa Rosa Mini Maker Faire today. Organized by Sonoma Family Life Magazine and held at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, the Faire had many makers exhibiting indoors, as well as a number of makers and food vendors outside on this beautiful fall day. There were lots of kids having a blast doing everything from making and decorating their own hula hoops to racing pixie bikes with the Fun Bike Unicorn Club.

There were robots, art, crafts, food, and more. Upon entering the front door of the building, folks were greeted with Jarrod Suarez’ impressive 14,000+ piece Lego creation titled Mecha Venetor Magnus that twitched and moved.

Here are more fun sights from the day:

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Goli Mohammadi

I’m senior editor at MAKE and have worked on MAKE magazine since the first issue. I’m a word nerd who particularly loves to geek out on how emerging technology affects the lexicon as a whole. When not fawning over perfect word choices, I can be found on the nearest mountain, looking for the ideal alpine lake or hunting for snow to feed my inner snowboard addict.

The maker movement provides me with endless inspiration, and I love shining light on the incredible makers in our community. The specific beat I cover is art, and I’m a huge proponent of STEAM (as opposed to STEM). After all, the first thing most of us ever made was art.

Contact me at goli (at) makermedia (dot) com.