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When you hear welding, you may think about farm equipment or industrial factory work. Welding can also bring personal satisfaction as you create art, utilities and items which make your life better. Industrial items created should be entered in the Welding Exhibit Class. Artistic items created should be entered in the Visual Arts Metal Class. Be sure to ask your 4-H staff if you have questions which project your item should be entered.In the project, you'll identify welding equipment, learn about electrodes, learn basic arc welding skills, and demonstrate appropriate welding skills by making at least two weldments.

Resources to help you Learn

Arcs and Sparks: Shielded Metal Arc Welding

State Fair Exhibit Rules

Each county may submit 2 entries total from 50353; and 1 entry from 50355.

Welding (SF 50353)

This exhibit class is open to members who are in the 7th grade and higher. Exhibit one Arc weldment/item demonstrating the skill level of the exhibitor. Members new to the project should consider selecting a weldment from the suggested Weldment List found on page 43 of Arcs and Sparks (4-H 573 – Shielded Metal Arc Welding). This class is for industrial welding only. (Members that wish to use welding to create objects with an artistic appeal should consider enrolling in the 4-H Visual Arts project and consider entering those types of exhibits in the Visual Arts – Metal class.) Exhibits must be portable and cannot be exhibited on a trailer.

Welding Ready4Life Challenge (SF 50355)

Open to 11- to 18-year-olds enrolled in any Welding project. Exhibits in this category must include the following: a) a physical representation of the career or business product such as a model, prototype or display/portfolio that includes images of accomplished work; b) verbal or written explanations that demonstrate knowledge of the related career or business fields, potential careers, and the appropriate requirements for achievement in those fields. The judging criteria for this class values thoroughness of career and/or business exploration and pursuit above the workmanship of the physical specimen on display.

Welding Maker (SF 50400)

Counties may submit 3 entries TOTAL combined from all Maker exhibit divisions.

Exhibits in this category are designed to be multi-disciplinary in nature, innovative, and must not fit into any other exhibit category. To qualify for this category, your project MUST abide by the following guidelines:

  • Exhibits must be an object or device that has an intended purpose and uses technology in either a mechanical way, digital (computer) way, or combination of the two.
  • The device must be something that can be used in everyday life by multiple people (a target audience), and MUST be manufactured/built by the exhibitor (If not fully manufactured by the exhibitor, the device MUST be modified structurally or be reprogramed to perform a different function other than what it was designed to do
  • Exhibit MUST be able to interact with the outside world. (e.g. an on off switch, input sensors, feedback, etc.)
  • Exhibits MUST include a detailed build log with instructions on how to make or build the exhibit, AND contain either a 3D rendering or detailed and labeled sketches of the device/product.
  • All parts and software used in the design/build MUST be listed in a detailed Bill of Materials including cost per item and total cost. Total time spent on the build must be documented in your build log.

In addition, exhibitors are HIGHLY encouraged to use tools such as 3-D printers, laser cutters, routers and/or other hand/power tools to help in the manufacturing process (NOTE: Simply 3-D printing or laser cutting an object without the other specifications does not qualify as a Maker Project). It is also HIGHLY encouraged that exhibits use Open Source Software and/or Hardware in the build.