Garrett College Announces Inaugural Mountain Maker Fest

Last Updated on Aug 6, 2015 at 11:48am | Workforce Development

This article appeared in the August 2015 issue of The Lake-Front magazine and is being reprinted here in its entirety with permission.


Garrett College has announced plans for the inaugural Mountain Maker Fest to be held with the purpose of bringing regional makers in the arts, technology, consumer products, wood, agriculture, metal, leather, robotics, Legos, textiles and other components together to share ideas, learn and participate in the maker movement. As the name indicates, makers are those that create things – food, technology, art, products – for fun or profit.

The Mountain Maker Fest, part of the College’s regional Power of Possibilities Summit Series in partnership with The Greater Cumberland Committee and other private and public organizations, will be held at the Garrett College Career Training and Technology Center in Accident on Saturday, August 15. The goal is to bring together people of all ages and interests to experience, participate, and learn about ways others make goods as hobbyists, inventors, entrepreneurs, or would-be entrepreneurs.
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According to Mike Tumbarello, Director of the Garrett College Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, “This event is designed to share and showcase all of the neat and exciting things made in the region. We will have demonstrations and examples from area makers on 3D printing, rocket making, wood cutting, robotics, welding, Lego design, bread baking, cheese making, art and numerous other endeavors. Our goal is to bring people together to see what others are doing in the area in both low- and hi-tech making environments.”

“We will be having some very cool demos and activities, around drones, straw rockets, food making, robots, 3D face scanning, ceramic printing, Legos and other areas, that are designed for all ages and levels of interest and participation,” added Sarah Myers, co-director of the Power of Possibilities series and event. “The event will be great for families wishing to expand their children’s horizons while having fun, as well as for new or serious hobbyists and crafts people wishing to learn about specific crafts from those already engaged in them.”

The Maker Movement is gaining lots of momentum worldwide; makers, and those interested in learning more, have been coming together in various forums in the past few years. This will be the inaugural event in our region and there should be enough diversity of ideas and products to engage people from all walks of life, from farmers to students to engineers. The plan is to provide hobbyists space to share their passion and knowledge and to also allow those that sell their creations space to get their products into the market. There will also be a number of demos throughout the day, which runs from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., as well as music, food and dance demonstrations.

To learn more about the inaugural Mountain Maker Fest and how to participate as an attendee, hobbyist, or vendor, persons may go online to www.4ruralsuccess.com or contact Mike Tumbarello at (301) 387-3167 or Sarah Myers at (301) 387-3771 or Sarah.Myers01@garrettcollege.edu.