Maker's Festival set for Saturday

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Striving to spark creativity among its patrons, the third annual Maker's Festival will be presented at Red Top Mountain State Park Saturday.

Ongoing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the event will take place behind the venue’s old Park Office, 50 Lodge Road S.E. in Acworth. 

"The Maker’s Festival is based off of the Maker Faire, a global phenomenon that is a result of the maker movement," AmeriCorps member Amber Avery said. "The first one was held in 2016 and created by previous AmeriCorps member Diane Burgoon. She said that she had attended a Maker Faire in Decatur, Georgia.

"She said, 'It was awesome and helped me to realize tinkers who make things with technology should have a venue just as traditional craft makers have. Combining the two — technology makers and craft people — seemed like a great solution.' It was well received by both the public both years, and there were over 300 visitors to last year’s festival."

As in past years AmeriCorps will team up with Red Top Mountain State Park to offer the Maker's Festival. Along with interacting with artisans, patrons will be able to purchase items and view hands-on demonstrations.

"The purpose of the Maker’s Festival is to bring people out to the parks and get them to want to make things," Avery said. "Anyone can be a maker. You just have to make something, and we want to give people that opportunity. [The festival will highlight] weaving, knitting, illustrated necklaces, polymer clay art, 3D printing, wood carving, necklace making, drawing lessons, country music station and the Imagination Playground.

"[We want to] allow them to get an idea of a new hobby, a way to make a change in their community or new creative ideas. Get their creative minds and [skills] working and have fun while attending."

Currently, there are 15 AmeriCorps members assisting Georgia's state parks and historic sites. While taking part in this initiative, the volunteers are housed at state parks across Georgia.

"The Maker's Festival embodies what is important to AmeriCorps ideals," AmeriCorps Program Leader Kent Wall said. "It allows people to explore and discover what they like and enjoy, and it allows people to get things done.

"AmeriCorps is a national service program that focuses on helping with academic achievement, fighting poverty, sustaining parks, etc. AmeriCorps was founded in 1993 and is based on the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). AmeriCorps has been working with the Georgia State Park system for the past three years. We have been helping to bring people to these public lands through events and programs. AmeriCorps also helps with resource management on state park property."

While admission to Saturday’s event will be free, individuals will need to display an annual pass or a $5 daily ParkPass in their vehicle. Further details about the Maker's Festival can be obtained by calling 770-975-4151 or visiting http://gastateparks.org/RedTopMountain.