Southeastern Kentucky’s first-ever Welding Rodeo will be held on Friday, Oct. 23, at the amphitheater in downtown Hazard. Three teams of welders from across the region will have eight hours and a pile of scrap metal to create a work of art.
The competing teams each will fabricate a sculpture addressing the Welding Rodeo’s theme, “River Creatures.” The winning sculpture will earn its fourperson team a cash prize as well as a place of honor and prominent display on Hazard’s new River Arts Greenway. There also will be a People’s Choice award.
Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC) and Pathfinders of Perry County are the organizers of the Welding Rodeo. The competition will begin at 8 a.m. and will conclude at 4:30 p.m. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony to be held at the Amphitheater at 5:30 p.m. The community can vote for the People’s Choice award through Friday night at the Haunted Harvest, a downtown celebration.
Participating teams include students from the welding programs at HCTC in Hazard and Big Sandy Community and Technical College in Prestonsburg. There also will be a community-based team from Hazard featuring local artists. Organizers hope to make this a yearly event and to expand the number of teams in coming years.
Visitors who attend the free event will be able to:
• Observe the welding teams as they design and create metal sculptures that represent both real and imaginary river creatures;
• Vote for their favorite team sculpture to receive a People’s Choice Award;
• Enjoy lunch and/or snacks provided by a local food vendor (beginning around 11 a.m.); and
• Explore career options and technical programs available through HCTC.