BTC Welding Rodeo puts metal work in the spotlight

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMay 14, 2013 

Photos from the 2007 and 2010 Welding Rodeo at Bellingham Technical College. Eight teams will test their mettle with scrap metal in a sculpture competition at Bellingham Technical College's Welding Rodeo, starting Friday, May 17.

THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

BELLINGHAM - Eight teams will test their mettle with scrap metal in a sculpture competition at Bellingham Technical College's Welding Rodeo, starting Friday, May 17.

The event, now in its 12th year, will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the college, 3028 Lindberg Ave. It's free to attend.

For the sculpture competition, each four-person team of professionals will have 16 hours over two days to sort through scrap metal donated by local businesses and then create a sculpture in line with this year's theme, "small works." People can watch as the sculptures are being created.

The finished sculptures will be auctioned off starting at 5:15 p.m. Saturday, with proceeds supporting BTC's welding program and student scholarships.

In addition to the sculpture contest, which is by invitation, there will be a skills challenge open to welders of all ages and skill levels. Welders at the high school, college and professional level will be evaluated on a variety of skills by certified welding instructors, with a chance to win prizes.

Entry to the challenge is free for high school students, $5 for college students and $10 per competency test for professionals. People can register for the skills challenge at weldingrodeo.eventbrite.com.

Reach ZOE FRALEY at zoe.fraley@bellinghamherald.com or call 756-2803.

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