Scrapfest opens in Lansing’s Old Town

LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – If you’re looking for something fun to do this weekend head on down to Old Town in Lansing.

The quaint, unique area is gearing up for its 8th annual “Scrapfest”.

This year 17 teams of talented artists spent one day gathering 500 pounds of scrap metal and had just two weeks to put together a masterpiece.

When you first saw these sculptures the first thing that came to mind was how interesting and truly fascinating they were. The next thing you think of is how talented these artists are to be able to construct something out of a pile of scrap.

This is the first year this event has been held on Turner Street and local business owners and the community are really hoping this festival will continue to bring new things to Old Town.

Ben Hassenger has participated in Scrapfest. “It’s just one of those things that makes Old Town a really cool place to be.”

“The artwork is just amazing,” says Old Town General Store owner Rhea VanAtta.

This years live-auction Scrapfest is bigger and better then ever and it’s something the Old Town community looks forward to every year.

“The people coming down here in Old Town, they get to come to the festival but they also get to come down here and go shopping and enjoy just everything that’s going on down here in Old Town,” says Heather Mossing, interim executive director of the OTCA.

For restaurant and business owners, like Old Town General Store owner Rhea VanAtta, that’s a plus. “This festival brings in a lot of foot traffic. Anytime you can get more visibility and more people coming to your store and just checking it out even if they’re not buying anything is good.”

Scrapfest is one of a kind and it stands out in it’s own special way.

“50 percent of the proceeds of the auction go to the artist so its an art festival in that regard,” says Michael Bass, vice president of Friedland Industries. “It’s also then the other 50 percent the revitalization effort of Old Town.”

“Revitalizing Old Town is constant, you can never let your guard down,” laughs Hassenger. “You have to work at it all the time and everyone down here does a great job of it.”

A great job indeed, and to Hassenger, seeing Old Town come back to life is remarkable but checking out the unique scrap creations from these artists is something you have to see for yourself.

“You gotta come and see this and people dont know what to expect until they get here.”

If you’re interested in checking out Scrapfest you can head on down to Turner Street in Old Town the festival goes until 10:0 p.m. Friday or you can check it out Saturday from noon until 10:00 p.m.

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