Press Release – Southeast Tourism Society Selects the Steampunk and Makers Fair as a ‘STS Top 20 Event’


Travel industry organization has saluted region’s best events since 1985


ATLANTA, Ga. (June 10, 2016) – The Southeast Tourism Society has named the Steampunk and Makers Fair one of the STS Top 20 Event in the Southeast for November 2016.


This year’s Steampunk and Makers Fair is November 5 & 6 in Downtown Lafayette, LA at Parc International. The STS Top 20 Festival and Event Awards have highlighted programs around the Southeast since 1985.

Travel industry experts select 20 events per month, and STS publicizes them throughout the United States. The complete list is published on two websites: and Travel Media Press Room.

The Steampunk and Makers Fair is part costume play, science & county fair, and part something entirely new, The Steampunk & Makers Fair is an all-ages festival by hosted by Cite des Arts and the Lafayette Science Museum to showcase and celebrate science, technology, education, art and mathematics. Steampunk celebrates 19th century science fiction fun in the modern world. STEAMPUNKERS are diverse innovators – many come and make and showcase their own music, stories, art, costumes and creative 19th century paraphernalia. Making things has been around a long time but the Makers Movement is modern. MAKERS are diverse innovators – many come and make and showcase their own work, designs, and inventions. The Steampunk and Makers Fair is a unique blending of the two groups that represents something new and unique and that is educational fun for the entire family.

As part of our Makers fair, students from Lafayette public & private schools, and students from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette will make impressive presentations of their work. Professional innovators, inventors, designers, teachers, and industry and community leaders will showcase their work through interactive panel discussions, workshops and contests.

For the Past three years, the Steampunk and Makers Fair has been a joint production of Cite’ des Arts and the Lafayette Science Museum. This year the Steampunk and Makers Fair will be expanding to a two full days fun and excitement in Parc International.

“The Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Festival and Event list is an excellent guide for the Southeast’s visitors and residents.  Events selected represent the best, and often most unique, activities in our region,” said Bill Hardman, president and CEO of the Southeast Tourism Society.


Events considered for the STS Top 20 recognition must be at least three years old and have attendance of at least 1,000. Nomination forms and deadlines are available at or by calling 770-542-1523.


STS, founded in 1983 and headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting tourism to and within 12 states – Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.




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