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Welding Rodeo Returns To FMU Arts International

Sparks will fly as Florence-Darlington Technical College’s ninth annual Welding Sculpture Rodeo returns to Francis Marion University’s Arts International Festival on Saturday, April 14, 2018. 

This will be the fifth year that the festival has hosted the welding sculpture competition. FDTC’s Educational Foundation and Lincoln Electric are sponsoring the day-long free event on FMU’s campus. 

The contest, which will be located behind the FMU’s Smith University Center, starts at 7:30 a.m. that morning with teams of professional and student welders running in a “scrap dive.” The competitors will pick out scrap metal which they will turn into pieces of art. The teams will have eight hours to complete their sculpture. 

The theme of the competition this year is the Olympics. A panel of judges will pick the best pieces in the professional and student divisions and cash prizes will be awarded.

All of the art work will be auctioned off at the end of the competition to benefit the FDTC Educational Foundation’s scholarship fund.

For more information about the ninth annual FDTC Welding Sculpture Competition, contact Jill Lewis with the Foundation office via email at or by calling 843-661-8003.

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