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Kids surround the robotics table at a past presentation of the West Virginia Makes Festival scheduled 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 4 in the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus of Marshall University. The ninth annual festival is sponsored by the Robert C. Byrd Institute. (Photo Provided)

HUNTINGTON — The West Virginia Makes Festival will be held 9-2 p.m. Nov. 4 in the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus of Marshall University.

The festival offers makers of all types and ages an opportunity to demonstrate their creativity and ingenuity and a chance to win prizes during the state’s largest maker fair.

The fair is sponsored by the Robert C. Byrd Institute and is in its ninth year. The Makes Festival joins inventors, artists, engineers, students, hobbyists and other creative types to celebrate the spirit of making through demonstrations, hands-on activities and a Design Challenge featuring more than $5,000 in cash and prizes.

“There’s a strong tradition of making in West Virginia,” Deacon Stone, a member of the institute, said. “From the earliest settlers in Appalachia whose very survival often depended on their ingenuity and creativity to the countless students, inventors and others we assist at RCBI, the Mountain State has a proud history of creating.

The festival is a perfect opportunity for people to show what they make or offer hands-on making activities, he said.

“All while honoring our state’s storied traditions,” he said.

Participants can also sell their creations.

Hundreds of students from West Virginia and beyond are scheduled to attend the event, which will feature robotics, drone and engineering challenges and other hands-on science, technology, engineering, art and math activities presented by the institute, the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of West Virginia, Heritage Farm Museum and Village, the West Virginia Robotics Alliance, the Huntington Museum of Art, Marshall’s June Harless Center and the Huntington Children’s Museum, among others.

The festival is free, however, design competitors, exhibitors and school groups are asked to register at For more information, contact Stone at or 304 781-1659.

The 2022 West Virginia Makes Festival is made possible through the support of sponsors that include Putnam County Bank, Edward Tucker Architects and the Schmidt Family Restaurant Group.

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