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Eye-Catching Creations at the Maker Faire

Robots, quirky vehicles, video games and DIY projects galore drew thousands to the San Mateo County Event Center Saturday.

By 9:40 a.m. Saturday - a full 20 minutes before the doors to the Maker Faire would open - there were already at least 2,000 people queuing in a line that snaked throughout the entire acres-wide parking lot of the

Some wore normal clothes, some chose to get into the spirit and dress up in costumes and bizarre outfits, such as kilts, Medusa hats, Harry Potter robes and wizard hats or steampunk-inspired period garb.

Some chose to transform themselves into cupcake cars.

Once inside, it was easy to see why so many were willing to stand outside in the hot sun for so long. 

Robots. "DIY" projects. Modern and vintage video games. Brain-stimulating design-and-build challenges. Fully-functioning R2D2s. 

And that's just what they had inside.

Outside, an even more jaw-dropping world of larger-than-life displays were set up in a festival-like atmosphere, such as a two-stories-tall metal dragon that actually breathed fire, and all manner of decked-out homemade vehicles, animatronic figures and more.

Don't forget the Maker Cafe, with booth after booth of refreshments such as crepes, Shawarma, garlic fries, coffee, doughnuts and more.

If you haven't made your way over to the Maker Faire yet, time is running out, as this unique event only takes place once a year, at the , located at 1346 Saratoga Dr., near the intersecton of S. Delaware Street.

The Maker Faire is open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Information on tickets, exhibits and presentations can be found online at www.makerfaire.com.

Don't miss out on the weekend's best deal on tickets - a Sunday Family Pass for up to five people is just $13 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday. 

And, catch Adam Savage of TV's Mythbusters live on the Maker Faire stage at 11 a.m. on Sunday!

Squigglemom, Trish Tsoi-A-Sue May 21, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Belmont Shore Patch readers are reading about Maker Faire: Thursday: http://belmontshore.patch.com/blog_posts/alice-and-zelig-and-patch-go-to-the-maker-faire Friday: http://belmontshore.patch.com/blog_posts/you-know-its-a-party-when-the-cupcakes-arrive Saturday: http://belmontshore.patch.com/blog_posts/something-for-everyone-at-the-maker-faire

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