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.
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