Application Process


Competing Scrap Art Teams and Eco-Art Vendors must apply online using the link at the bottom of this page. 👇

Competing Scrap Art Team Applications are due at 11:59PM on Friday March 1, 2019. (NOW CLOSED)

Eco-Art Vendor Booth Applications are due by 11:59PM on Friday June 7, 2019 or until filled (notifications of acceptance will be emailed on a rolling basis). Maximum of 25 booths.

For Competing Scrap Metal Art Teams (NOW CLOSED)

After filling out the application, be sure to check out using the shopping cart so that your form is submitted and application fee(s) are collected. Application fees are non-refundable. If you are applying for more than one category (e.g. you wish to create a sculpture for both the Large Piece and Small Piece categories), you must apply for them individually, and pay the application fee for both applications.

Applications will be reviewed and applicants will be contacted to confirm whether they have been accepted to compete in ScrapFest 11 or not. Applying does not guarantee a spot in the competition.

For Eco-Art Vendors

Please make sure your craft fits the criteria prior to applying.

Please pay the vendor fee after filling out the application. You will be refunded (minus the processing fee) if you don’t meet the criteria for being an Eco-Art Vendor.

Questions? Email us at


rules, guidelines, and additional information


Competing scrap Metal Art Teams

(Application period for the competition portion of the festival is now closed.)

The team maximums will be as follows:

Large Piece: 20 teams

Small Piece: 10 teams

A "team" consists of 1 to 5 members but teams may have anyone help with their sculpture during build-time.  Each team must appoint one team leader who will act as the team's main contact.


Material Collection
May 4, 2019
Check-In - 9:30am
Collection - 10am-11am

Allotted Build Time: One (1) Month (See drop-off date below)

Each Team will select 2 members to collect scrap material.  Teams will have one hour to collect up to, but no more than 500 lbs. of scrap material. (Small Piece category participants can pick up to 250 lbs. of scrap sometime during or after the main collection day.)

A variety of material types (mostly ferrous metals) will be available.  All collectors will enter the scrap yard at the same time and are required to use the transportation bins provided by Friedland Industries.

Teams may not climb on the scrap piles in order to reach materials, or enter the scrap yard before the official start date and time. Friedland employees will be available to assist in the yard.

Closed toe shoes and long pants are required.  Teams are also responsible for bringing their own safety gloves (industrial leather) and safety glasses (Z87 classification) as Personal Protective Equipment.


Materials Used / Finishes

Each team may be provided with a base, which will be a roughly 36”x36” steel plate. For teams that choose to use a base, the sculptures must be securely adhered to the base to be deemed acceptable in the competition.


We highly recommend you use a base, especially if you are entering the competition for the first time, or are newer to the competition. It is EXTREMELY important that final pieces are stable enough to display at the event and can be easily transportable. On Drop-off Day, if we determine that your piece is not stable enough to display, you will be disqualified from the competition. We will provide 36"x 36" bases at no extra charge, and they do not count toward your total weight of 500 lbs.


For the Large Piece category, sculptures must be built entirely from the materials collected at Friedland, with the exception of materials used for assembly.

For the Small Piece category, the rules are more open on the material you can use to build. You must include metal collected from Friedland, but you can also use other scrap materials (e.g. wood, glass). The spirit of the Small Piece category is to create something people can envision in their homes, so teams have made functioning lamps, for example. Please contact us if you are unsure about your idea and want to confirm whether it is allowed for the Small Piece category.

Finished pieces must be structurally sound. Assembly methods may include, but are not limited to welding, brazing, forging, or bolting. Unless collected on ScrapFest collection day, bolts or other mechanical fasteners will only be allowed to ensure structural stability.

Surface treatments such as paint, stain, polishes do not have to be from scrap, and are left to the artistic vision of the team.

Please email us with any questions at


Size and Weight

Finished Large Piece category sculptures must not exceed 6'W x 6’L x 12’H and 500 lbs. in weight.

If a team has requested a base, finished pieces must be securely attached to the base provided at collection day.

Finished pieces must be able to be safely displayed at outdoor venues.

Any piece that is deemed unstable and/or unsafe may be disqualified.

For the Small Piece category, again, we’re more open on the dimension rules, but the point is to provide people who may not be able to purchase a large piece with something they can envision inside their homes. Think table-side lamp, for example.


Drop-off Date

Saturday June 1, 2019

Time: 10am - 12pm

Location: 1617 Sams Way, Lansing, MI 48912

You must drop your piece(s) off within the 10am - 12pm time window or you will be disqualified from the juried portion of the competition.


Logistics & Transportation

While ScrapFest and Friedland industries will have forklifts available to assist in the loading of sculptures, teams are responsible for transporting their pieces to:

  • the drop-off location on Drop-off Day

  • from the Drop-off Day location to the Event on Turner St.

  • from the Event back to either the Drop-off Day location or the team’s property if the piece is not purchased during the Event

  • the chosen location of any buyers of their pieces if the buyer doesn’t have the ability to transport it (whether a team chooses to do this for free or not is something the team can work out with the buyer directly)


Event Date

Friday July 12, 2019: 6pm - 10pm

Saturday July 13, 2019: 10am - 6pm


Judging Criteria

  1. How well is piece fabricated structurally?

  2. Unique interpretation of materials?

  3. Do the proportions and design element create an appealing and balanced aesthetic?



Each Team will be given 50% of the sale of their piece in all three categories. Cash prizes and trophies are awarded for First, Second, and Third places for the Large Piece category. A People's Choice award trophy will be presented with no cash prize.

The Small Piece category will be juried and awarded trophies, but will not contain a cash prize.


Large Piece

First Prize: $2,000

Second Prize: $1,000

Third Prize: $500

People’s Choice: $0

Small Piece

No cash prizes, but trophies will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, 3rd Places, and People’s Choice


Selling The Sculptures

Instead of an auction, the sculptures will be on sale before, during, and after the event, with discounts provided to those who buy sculptures before or during the festival. ScrapFest will continue to promote them throughout the year if they do not sell during the festival.

Regarding pricing, the ScrapFest staff will work together with the artists after drop-off day on the best way to price their sculptures to help them sell during the festival.

Remember, if a ScrapFest sculpture sells before, during, or after the festival, 50% of proceeds will go to the artist, 40% will go to ScrapFest to help put the festival on each year, and 10% will go to the local charity ScrapFest supports for that year.


Disqualification from judging

Teams will be disqualified from judging if their piece breaks, is deemed unstable to display, exceeds size dimensions or weight limit, is made from materials outside of scrap, or is turned in late or without a team statement. ScrapFest reserves the right to refuse any sculpture it deems unacceptable or not in good taste. 



Eco-art vendor Booth information

Eco-Art Vendor booths are available to craft-persons and artisans who produce their own hand-made items that have a repurposing focus.

The cost is $75 for a 10' x 10' booth.

We have three (3) double booth spaces (20’ x 10’) available as well for $150.00. These are first come first serve.

The booths will be on Turner St. in Old Town Lansing.

Booths will be open On Friday, July 12 from 6pm - 10pm, and on Saturday July 13, from 10am - 5pm. The festival will be open until later in the evening, so you’re welcome to stay later than 5pm on Saturday if you’re still crushing it and don’t want to leave 💪

Set up will be on Friday, July 12 from 2-4PM.


Booth Eligibility

• Upcycled Art: Art must be created from a minimum of 75% repurposed materials. In other words, upcycling and repurposing material must be a central part of your craft.

• Sustainable Business: Products are made using eco-ethics and sustainable practices.


BOOTH Application deadline

Applications will be accepted until June 7, 2019 or until filled.  Notifications will be emailed on a rolling basis.  



We will have security on both Friday and Saturday (Friday being the only day applicable to eco-art vendors), but vendors are responsible for keeping their items secure and out of sight at night.

ScrapFest does not take responsibility for any lost or stolen items during the festival.


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