Fair exhibit exemplifies junk

Fair-goers admired entries in the new Born Again Junk exhibit on Friday, the opening day of the North Dakota State Fair. One fair-goer was overheard wondering how she could get her husband to turn some of his old farm equipment into similar decor.

The Born Again Junk is on display in the 4-H Hall in the All Seasons Arena throughout the fair. The category has been introduced to celebrate the popular crafting movement that lets crafters go wild with creativity, turning old items into art objects.

The grand prize winner was a piece by Hadley Thompson of Towner, who had crafted a new garden ornament using a wheel welded to a rusted barrel. A potted plant can be set on top of the wheel-turned-table-top.

Other entries in the Born Again Junk category included such things as a lamp with a shade that looks like it was made from salvaged screen door netting, created by Joan Youngerman of Cando; and a blue-ribbon-winning wine bar created by Taylor Brudevold of Minot, using a variety of repurposed materials. The piece includes a bar made out of an old crate that is mounted on furniture legs and attached to an old door frame. On top of the makeshift counter is a sink and a faucet. Hanging from the door is a round mirror hung from a piece of rope. Brudevold’s entry won a blue ribbon.

Other contest entries showed off similar creativity, with salvaged farm equipment or other antiques repurposed as lawn ornaments.