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Maker Faire will draw up to 70,000 this weekend

  • Costas Schuler created a pen scape with his Mercedes. This weekend, Schuler will dsiplay his vehicle complete with 5,000 marker pens at the Maker Faire in San Mateo. (KENT PORTER / P D)

SAN MATEO -- Calling all geeks, freaks and lovers of homemade projects. This weekend the Maker Faire returns to the San Mateo Fairgrounds.

The third annual gathering of do-it-yourself hobbyists is expected to draw as many as 70,000 people, who can stand at the feet of a 17-foot-tall robotic giraffe, ride around in a pedal-powered bus, or just stand in awe of the other 498 homemade projects on display.

The two-day event runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. It is produced by Sebastopol-based OReilly Media, which publishes both Make and Craft magazines.

For those seeking fame and fortune, PBS will be taping auditions for its first episode of Make TV think "American Idol" for geeks.

Single day tickets cost $15 for adults, $10 for students under 21, and $5 for kids 12 and under.

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