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2024 Team Forging Competition Interest Form

June 6-9, 2024 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania

If you are interested in competing in the Team Forging Competition at the ABANA 50th Anniversary Celebration, submit your info and we'll make sure to keep you informed about all the details.  This is not binding in any way.  Official Team Registration will open at a later date.

Enter the names of your potential teammates. We're not holding you to this info; we're just cross-referencing in case they fill out the form, too.
Will your team be sponsored by an ABANA Affiliate group? (To pay the entry fee of $100) *
Basic Rules for the Team Forging Competition:
  • A team will consist of 4 individuals to complete a forged sculpture, wall piece, etc.
  • Each team will have a 4-hour time slot during the event to forge a design of their own creation.
  • The design should relate to or be inspired by ABANA’s 50th Anniversary.
  • Materials will be provided by ABANA (and will be listed at a later date).
  • The competition will be in Johnstown’s Central Park and open for public viewing. Therefore, each team will supply a docent or liaison for a competing team to communicate with onlookers. (Note: Either 1 member from your forging team can serve as the docent during another team’s time slot OR you can have 1 additional person on your team specifically to serve as a docent (they cannot participate in forging.)
  • Finished projects will be judged and prizes will be awarded: $1,000 for 1st Place, $600 for 2nd Place, and $400 for 3rd Place.
  • The entry fee per team is $100. ABANA members should check with their local ABANA affiliate about sponsoring a team. Student blacksmiths might want to ask their school to sponsor a team.

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