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ScrapFest Returns July 12-13

The 14th ScrapFest eco-art festival, sculpture competition and auction returns to Old Town Lansing on July 12-13. The event showcases the possibilities of recycled materials while nurturing community development and artistic exploration.

“ScrapFest began as a simple scrap metal sculpture competition and auction. It’s grown over the years to include not only the sculpture competition and auction but also eco-art booth artists, family activities, live music, great food, the Great Scrap Run 8K run/walk, a refashion show that showcases garments made from scrap fabric and a documentary series featuring the artists in the competition,” said Mike Bass, ScrapFest director.

The ScrapFest14 sculptures are now available for online bidding. Enthusiastic collectors can also request previews of the sculptures at Struk Studio in Lansing. Bidding and purchase options will remain open until the festival concludes. To participate in the bidding process, visit ScrapFest14 sculptures.

At the heart of the event are sculptures crafted from scrap metal donated by Friedland Industries. Each sculpture supports a noble cause: 70% of the proceeds directly support the artists; 20% are allocated to ScrapFest to fuel future initiatives; and 10% are designated for this year’s local partner charity, Lansing SAVE, which provides Lansing students with a savings structure that enhances academic outcomes, offers safe and affordable savings opportunities, and fosters financial literacy and future asset building.

The auction will be active both leading up to and during the festival. Festival-goers also can vote for their favorite sculptures and participate in the competition. On July 12, the refashion show will showcase sustainable and repurposed clothing made from locally donated fabric scraps. ScrapFest14 will feature eco-art booth artists, interactive family activities, live music and food offerings throughout both days. July 13 events will include the Great Scrap Run along with the competition judging and awards ceremony.

“We’re incredibly grateful for all of our sponsors.” said Bass. “Friedland Industries plays a crucial role in making ScrapFest happen, supplying the essential scrap metal, staff and machinery that bring our event to life. Lincoln Electric provides welders and consumables ensuring our teams have the tools they need to succeed. Render Studios provides a significant discount for producing the ScrapFest documentary.”

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