Southern Fried Makers? Tulsa and Louisville Say Yes This Weekend!

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Southern Fried Makers?  Tulsa and Louisville Say Yes This Weekend!

1010661_652506531443733_1767418438_nOklahoma and Kentucky’s first-ever Maker Faires are going down this weekend in Tulsa and in Louisville. The Hardesty Center for Fab Lab Tulsa has partnered with Maker Faire as the host organization of Tulsa Mini Maker Faire.  The fair will be a free-to-attend event held on Saturday from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM at Guthrie Green in the Brady Arts District in downtown Tulsa.  They are showcasing 96 makers and plan to welcome over 2,500 attendees.

Louisville Mini Maker Faire is also an outdoor event, free-to-attend and part of IdeaFestival and NuLu Fest. There will be over 30 maker exhibits and lots of fun stuff to do, including Learn to Solder. Louisville Mini Maker Faire will also be the host of the first race in the Midwest Power Tool Racing TRIPLE CROWN. (Put on by LVL1, Hive13 and Columbus Idea Foundry makerspaces, the next two races will be at the Columbus Mini Maker Faire and Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire.)

These fairs are featuring some amazing makers. For example: what could be more “South” than Louisville’s RC Colonel Sanders (see above pic)!?  It’s a wax museum sculpture of Colonel Harland Sanders (in one of the Colonel’s own vintage suits) that rides aboard a radio controlled hoveround power mobility chair. A collaborative effort between Joseph Clagg (LVL1 Makerspace) and Will Russell (owner of WHY Louisville and the co-founder of the Lebowski Fest), the controls of the chair were hacked to be controlled by parts of an old radio controlled helicopter system. Now the Colonel can cruise NuLu and greet his fellow Kentuckians from beyond the grave.

Check out other Southern special sauce makers from these two fairs:

Finally, we have to share “The Device” by Bill Cloyd, Newton’s Attic of Lexington KY.  Check out the bungee-powered railcar which shoots you uphill to see if you can ring the bell. How far back do you think you have to start the car before letting it fly?

Dare we share more?  Head on down this weekend:

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Sabrina is the Maker Faire Program Director. She works on stage content for the flagship fairs (Bay Area & New York), and also runs Maker Faire's global licensing program for locally and independently produced Maker Faires. She also co-creates the East Bay Mini Maker Faire in her town, Oakland, CA.

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