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    July 09, 2018
    Children’s Museum of New Hampshire
    Contact: Neva Cole, Communications Director
    6 Washington Street
    Dover, NH 03820
    (603) 742-2002
    New Festival Name, Same Maker Fun
    Tickets On Sale for New Hampshire Maker & Food Fest
    (Dover, NH – July 11, 2018) – During the last Saturday of August for the last five years, the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire and the surrounding Henry Law Park in Dover have been taken over by engineers showing off their robots, scientists doing experiments, pirates chatting with Stormtroopers, and families having hands-on fun at New Hampshire’s only Maker Festival. The event, formerly called the Dover Mini Maker Faire, now has a new name: The New Hampshire Maker & Food Fest.
    But despite the new name, the fun remains the same. “Our new name reflects both the size of the event and the fact that it features innovators, tinkerers, artisans, performers, food trucks and makers of all kinds from throughout the state and beyond,” said Jane Bard, CMNH President.
    So with a new name, the Fest will continue its 6th year on Saturday, August 25, 2018, with a variety of new and fan favorite Makers and Food Vendors. Returning this year are Makers such as the high school student-led Dover Shockwave Robotics group, along with their robots Alfred and Chuck, who visitors can control. Also returning are Food Vendor and science demonstrator Sub Zero Ice Cream. New Makers this year include young maker Caleb Weinstein who will demonstrate and sell art and furniture created using Lichtenberg Figures, which uses electricity to make patterns in wood.
    “We’re still accepting applications to be Makers and Food Vendors,” said Bard. The deadline to apply is August 10th. “We usually have around 65 makers, food vendors and performers, and the day of the festival we see about 1,600 attendees of all ages. Although this is hosted by a children’s museum, we see many adults without children having a great time! Makers demonstrating their craft, talent or projects are free, commercial makers selling their products pay a $50 fee to participate and food vendors pay a $75 fee to sell food during the Fest.
    Also new this year are a number of discounts into the Fest. Families can now purchase a Family Fun Pack into the Fest for $40 at the door ($35 in advance) that will get two adults and up to 3 children (ages 6-17) into all the fun. CMNH Members pay just $6 at the door ($5 in advance). People who have EBT Cards pay just $1 per person for up to two adults and 3 kids. And visitors who have Library Passes or who are active military personnel can receive discounted admission of $7 per person for up to 7 individuals. “These discounts reflect what we normally offer when people visit the museum,” said Bard. “The New Hampshire Maker & Food Fest is the best one-day embodiment of our mission, to actively engage families in hands-on discovery, that it made sense to make it as accessible to as many groups of people as possible.”
    More information, Maker applications, volunteer forms, and tickets to the New Hampshire Maker & Food Fest can be found online at www.childrens-museum.org. The Fest is sponsored by The Unique College Investing Plan, managed by Fidelity Investments, Alexander Technology Group, Beswick Engineering, The Rowley Agency, Inc., and Martel Plumbing & Heating.
    About the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire
    The not-for-profit Children’s Museum of New Hampshire is located at 6 Washington Street in Dover and offers two levels of hands-on, interactive exhibits for children from newborn to middle school. Children can explore a wide range of subjects, from dinosaurs, music and aeronautics to world cultures, art and natural history. Open year-round, the Silver LEED-certified museum specializes in creating memorable family learning experiences and works closely with schools, social service agencies and educators. The museum also hosts a variety of live performances, workshops, classes and special events for families. For more information, please call the museum at (603) 742-2002 or visit www.childrens-museum.org
    Neva Cole, Communications Director
    (603) 742-2002