Meridian Star

January 19, 2014

Blacksmiths to display craft at annual Forge Day

Special to The Star
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     PICAYUNE – Metal enthusiasts can observe and try metalworking at Saturday's Forge Day at the Mississippi State University Crosby Arboretum in Picayune.

    Members of the Gulf Coast Blacksmith Association and other area craftsmen will demonstrate techniques and provide tips for those interested in metalworking. Some craftsmen will offer knife sharpening.

    Organizers expect between 15 and 20 metalworkers to exhibit their skills this year, double the usual number. Adults and children may participate at select booths.

    “Attendees can enjoy the demonstrations or try their hand at the forge,” said Pat Drackett, Crosby Arboretum director. “Because it is on a Saturday, the event is a great opportunity for Boy Scouts who want to work on their metalworking badges.”

    Exhibitors will provide safety equipment for those participating in metalworking. Participants must fill out a waiver form.

    Forge Day begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m. Admission is free for arboretum members, $5 for non-members and $2 for non-members’ children under 12 years old.

    For more information, call the arboretum at (601) 799-2311.