DOVER — The New Hampshire Maker & Food Fest, organized and hosted ever year by the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, is going virtual for 2020. The Fest, which has a new date on Sat., August 29, is a yearly gathering of creative and curious people attracting around 1,600 people to downtown Dover, NH. “One positive that has come from making the hard choice of converting this year’s festival to a virtual one, is that we can now feature Makers from anywhere in the world, and audiences all over the world can tune in to be inspired,” shared CMNH President, Jane Bard.

The Fest has a uniquely Children’s Museum of New Hampshire spin to it this year. “Of course, we are a hands-on museum and our mission is to actively engage families in hands-on discovery, which is a little hard to accomplish through a virtual festival,” shared Bard. “So to remedy that we are going to be offering 150 Maker Fest kits that people can reserve online in August for free on a first-come, first-served basis, and pick up at CMNH in Dover prior to the August 29th Fest date. These kits will include at-home projects, hands-on activities, samples, and more provided by the Museum as well as by our participating Makers.”

Organizers are gathering materials and content from their Makers throughout the summer, and applications to participate as a Maker are still open. “It’s totally free to participate as a Maker, and this year will be easier than ever,” said Bard. The virtual Fest will go live on Saturday, August 29th, but all videos, tutorials, demonstrations, performances, etc will be available online for one week after for anyone to access and enjoy for free. “This will be a great way for any small business owner, youth group, performer, hobbyist, etc, to promote what they do and help us inspire our next generation of innovators and creative thinkers,” said Bard.

To learn more about the Fest or to apply to participate as a Maker, visit www.childrens-museum.org.

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