One of our favorite events of the summer season is the Old Town Scrapfest. This is an event that you will not find anywhere else and one you won’t want to miss.
The Old Town Scrapfest is in its fifth year and this scrappy little event is taking on a life of its own. Local artist and perennial Scrapfest committee member, Barb Hranilovich, credits the idea to David Such of Such Video. (Take a look at the videos from past Scrapfest events shot by Such.)
“This is event is so ‘Old Town’ – take what you have and make it better,” said Hranilovich. “And with the Friedland Industries scrap yard occupying a significant amount of Old Town real estate it is no surprise that this unique event which celebrates the resourcefulness of taking something that has been cast-off and turning it into something beautiful, was born here. “
The event begins with The Pick (which occurred on June first) where registered teams have just one hour to enter the Friedland scrap yard to pick and haul out 500 lbs. of scrap. Friedland, the main sponsor of the event, assists the teams with the equipment to move their raw scrap. From that point the teams have two weeks for The Creation when the teams feverishly work to complete their scrap art sculptures in secret locations all over the city.
This year a week has been added for The Preview, when completed scrap art piece entries will be chauffeured around town for the community to have a first look. The Old Town Scrapfest ends with The Voting which happens in Old Town at the Festival of the Moon and Festival of the Sun. “What I love about The Voting is that it is accessible for families, there are no velvet ropes keeping you from touching the art. This is where you will hear families talking about art in ways you won’t hear anywhere else,’ commented the artist.
This crazy, gritty creativity means each year Old Town is commissioning works of art (last year 18 of them) that end up in people’s yards or places of business. The sculptures are sold and the proceeds go to the Old Town Commercial Association. It may be too late this year, but there is a way you can get involved besides voting or buying. There are team sponsorship opportunities and other ways that you can volunteer. For Team Sponsor information contact Louise Gradwohl firstname.lastname@example.org
If sponsoring a team is not in your budget - you can still support the Old Town Scrapfest by purchasing a mini scrap souvenirs created by Barb Hranilovich from Friedland scrap.
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