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The Lookout | October 19, 2021

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Annual ScrapFest inspires teamwork

Annual ScrapFest inspires teamwork

By Shauna Stocken
A&E Editor

In preparation for this year’s Old Town ScrapFest, participants have been busy collecting 500 pounds of scrap metal per team to create one-of-a-kind sculptures.

The annual event takes place Friday and Saturday, July 13 and 14. Friedland Industries generously allows participants to collect the scrap metal at its scrap yard in Old Town.

In prior years of ScrapFest, only 20 teams were selected to participate. But this year, according to Vanessa Shafer, the Old Town Commercial Association’s executive director, every team who had interest in the contest and live-auction was accepted.

“It’s just because the submissions were so spectacular,” Shafer said. “We’ve always capped it at 20 (team entries), but this year we had such great submissions that we decided to extend an offer to participate to every one of the 23 teams who submitted.”

Participants are elected based on prior scrap-metal artwork submissions. According to Shafer, this gives her an idea of what each contestant can do.

A two-week period is given for contestants to create a scrap metal sculpture before the main event on July 13 and 14. Activities will include live music, a raffle, a DJ and art educational activities. The live auction starts at 3 p.m. on July 14.

Guests will be encouraged to vote for the ScrapFest Sculpture People’s Choice Award.

“This is one of my favorite events in Lansing for the sole reason that these are pieces that come from recycled materials and they come from the heart,” Shafer said.

“As I watch people walk down Turner Street (in Lansing) and look at the finished products, I see grandparents with grandchildren. I see couples. I see people from every walk of life come together to celebrate the importance of art and the importance of recycling.”

2018 will mark the 10th anniversary of the event, which is sure to have artists pulling out all the stops said, Shafer.

“Last year’s participants produced some things that literally (made) my jaw drop,” Shafer said. “I was at collection day this year and their excitement and joy is just through the roof.”

For additional festival event information and a copy of an Old Town Art Walk map, visit