Junk becomes art in 4-H fair challenge

Friday, July 6, 2012

For the past few years, 4-H'ers have had the opportunity to participate in the Bucket of Junk challenge and the interest in the challenge continues to grow. This year there are 14 4-H'ers involved.

Each participant is given a bucket of junk and all pieces must be used to create a sculpture, but no extra pieces may be added to the sculpture

All items of junk may be cleaned, sanded, welded, cut, bolted, fastened, bent, shaped, or finished in any manner the sculptor desires; parents may help in the welding.

The completed sculptures will be on display in the 4-H building at the Buena Vista County Fair from Monday July 9 through Sunday July 15. During this time fairgoers can participate in the "People's Choice" contest by voting with pocket change. The sculpture with the most pocket change in its can wins a special prize.

All sculptures will be auctioned off on the evening of Friday, July 13 after the 4-H pie making contest on stage at the grandstand. Non-4-H families and 4-H families are invited to bid on the sculptures.

Proceeds will go to support the County Youth Council and camperships for 4-H members.