2021 Bucket of Junk Challenge

Join Clay County 4-H for this super fun challenge of welding and/or creating your own structure from what will be found in your “Bucket of Junk”.  Premiums and ribbons are earned and Demco Manufacturing is also offering additional premiums of $30 for 1st Place, $20 for the 2nd Place and $10 for 3rd place as well as plasma cut plaques. 

The Bucket of Junk Demco judging will take place during Achievement Fair, July 28, 1:00pm in the 4-H Auditorium. 4-H project area judging will be on the exhibit side in the appropriate project area.

The buckets of junk will be available in March at the ISU Extension and Outreach office and their availability will be announced in the Clover Notes.


Bucket of Junk Challenge

Class 9000, Bucket of Junk Challenge

  1. Open to all Clay County 4-Hers grades 4-12. 
  2. There will be no entry fee.
  3. Limit of one bucket per 4-Her. 
  4. Youth may register for the Metal Fabrication SpIn event (held every other year) to learn welding basics and/or may work independently and have an adult mentor teach and give advice for the challenge. 
  5. Registration for the Metal Fabrication SpIn event (every other year) may be found on the ISU Extension – Clay County website. 
  6. Please call the extension office to register for the Bucket of Junk challenge. Registered participants will be notified of the Bucket of Junk pick up date and location via the Clover Notes.
  7. Each participant will receive a bucket of steel pieces that are similar.
  8. 75% of the items in the Bucket of Junk must be used to make the sculpture. All pieces from the bucket must be laid out on the floor and a photo taken of the pieces. This photo will be placed in the write up that is presented to the judge. Extra pieces may be added in order to create the sculpture of your vision. 
  9. All items of the junk may be cleaned, sanded, welded, cut, bolted, fastened, bent, shaped, painted or finished in any manner the sculptor desires.
  10. The sculpture may be welded by a parent. But, if the parent welds the sculpture, the exhibit may ONLY be judged as a Creative Art exhibit in Visual Art - Class 10350.
  11. If the 4-Her welds the sculpture, the exhibit may be judged as Welding – Class 10618, Bucket of Junk - Class 10640 or as a Creative Art exhibit in Visual Art - Class 10350. 
  12. Please remember to fill out a goal sheet for this exhibit. 
  13. The Bucket of Junk Challenge exhibits will also be judged by Demco Manufacturing employees for: 1) originality 2) craftsmanship and 3) general overview of the metal work.  This judging will include additional premiums of $30 for 1st Place, $20 for the 2nd Place and $10 for 3rd place as well as plasma cut plaques. All the additional awards are provided by Demco Manufacturing.
  14. The Bucket of Junk Demco judging will take place during Achievement Fair, 1:00pm in the 4-H Auditorium. 4-H project area judging will be on the exhibit side in the appropriate project area. 
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