CANTON  The Stark County District Library is seeking exhibitors for its second annual Mini Maker Faire. The event is scheduled for 2 to 8 p.m. May 5 at the downtown Canton location.

Part science fair, part county fair and part something entirely new, the Maker Faire is an award-winning, family friendly event. It’s meant to celebrate technology, education, science, arts, crafts, engineering, food and sustainability.

"Last year, we had over 80 exhibitors and 800 people attended the inaugural Stark Mini Maker Faire," wrote Community Engagement Specialist Jennifer Walencik in an email interview. "Exhibitors highlighted unique maker-type activities to share with visitors. Demonstrations included a build your own arcade cabinet, 3D printing, building fishing lures, spinning, cookie decorating and much more."

Walencik wrote that the Library started the event as part of its commitment to Stay Smart. It strived to offer visitors of all ages an opportunity to take part in a family friendly event. Talented individuals were able to show off their talents and unique skills whether as a hobbyist or a career professional.

The event is held throughout the main floor of the Stark County District Library, including the Children’s Department and the Atrium. The Mini-Maker Faire will be part of the First Friday in the Canton Arts District in downtown Canton.

Exhibitors can participate for free and are asked to showcase unique maker-type activities and share them with the public. Those interested in exhibiting can contact Marianna DiGiacomo at 330-458-2769 or email her at mdigiacomo@starklibrary.org by March 31.

"The Stark Mini-Maker Faire is a unique event that celebrates creativity, innovation and resourcefulness," wrtoe Walencik. "There’s such a wide range of exhibits that there is something for everyone to enjoy. Visitors had the opportunity to enjoy interactive exhibits, check out cool tech like the 3D printer and learn about interesting hobbies, experiments and projects from local "Makers."