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Rick Rowland welds a piece of his team’s project Saturday during the Big West Arts Festival annual welding rodeo. The Sheridan Press | Kristen CzabanRick Rowland welds a piece of his team’s project Saturday during the Big West Arts Festival annual welding rodeo. The Sheridan Press | Kristen Czaban

Beyond the daily grind

SHERIDAN — After hours of toiling as the sun beat down, wind blew sparks onto their skin and metal twisted to their will, teams in the Sheridan College Welding Rodeo were rewarded for their efforts.

Each of the team’s pieces were auctioned off, raking in more than $3,400 in bids.

In addition, the second place team donated their winnings back to the college and an anonymous donation of $85 was received — bringing the total welding rodeo proceeds to $4,000.

This year’s theme for the sculptures, which were crafted from recycled materials, was “grounded and expansive.”

Below are the results from this year’s event.

First place — Slag Hags (Hillary Jones, Jim Christensen, Christine Varah, Jessica Lanka) for their piece entitled “Western Expansion.” The winning bid for the piece went to Ramona and Dave Stine of Wyoming Precision for $900. The team was awarded $1,000.

Second place — KB Metal Arts (Mark Kuzara, Geoff Kuzara, Lee Arellano) for their piece entitled “Caesar: Out of the Ground.” The winning bid for the piece went to Kay Pearson for $850. The team was awarded $500, which was donated back to the Welding Club.

Third place — America (Zane Rowland, Seth Marosok, Rick Rowland, Randy Rowland) for their piece entitled “Grounded in the Past, Expanding into the Future.” The winning bid for the piece went to Teri Rowland for $850.

Runner up — Arc Angels (Adam Helvik, Cinda Whitt, Ronald Spang) for their piece entitled “The Way Then and Now.” The winning bid for the piece went to Eric Detmer for $325.

Runner up — Q-Man Creations (Hunter Quarterman, Justin Green, Scott Roberts) for their piece entitled “The Leaning Post.” The winning bid for the piece went to Chip King for $200.

Runner up — Iron Born (Aaron Larsen, Steve Jackman) for their piece entitled “Touched by the Gods.” The winning bid for the piece went to Glenda Jellis for $150.

Runner up — Sprocket Heads (Ryan Bircher, Sam Davidson, Brian Blakeman) for their piece entitled “Peaks to Prairies.” The winning bid for the piece went to Stephanie Mills for $140.

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