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Fire on the Prairie

Forging Competition & Expo

October 4-5th, 2024

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Buckle up for a fiery day of art and competition at the Prairie Arts Center! Witness the sizzling skills of 5 bladesmiths as they transform red-hot metal into blades in a mere 6 hours. History Channel's "Forged in Fire" champions judge the sparks as they fly!

​Fuel your excitement with delicious food trucks, artisan vendors, cash bar, and explore the knife gallery.

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Event Highlights

Friday, October 4th, 2024

  • Meet & Greet: Meet the talented bladesmiths who will be showcasing their skills during the competitions as well as the judges History Channel's "Forged in Fire' Champions, Chris O'Brien, Peyton Ramm, and Garrett Elting!  Engage in conversations, share insights, and build connections with passionate individuals from the forging community

Saturday, October 5th, 2024

  • Historical Presentations: Immerse yourself in the rich history of bladesmithing with captivating presentations by experts Andy Miller and Rick Windham. Learn about the historical significance of Union Pacific train springs, Osage Orange hardwood, and the art of bladesmithing.

  • Knife Gallery: Marvel at the craftsmanship of the competitors' creations displayed in our knife gallery. Witness the diverse styles and techniques showcased in each unique blade. Then take a stunning blade home 

  • Dutch Oven Cooking Demos: Experience the flavors of the prairie with mouthwatering Dutch oven cooking demonstrations led by Rick. Sample delicious dishes cooked over an open fire and learn traditional cooking methods passed down through generations.

  • Artisan Vendors: Explore a curated selection of artisan booths offering unique handcrafted goods. Discover one-of-a-kind treasures and support local artists and craftsmen.

  • Food Trucks: Indulge your taste buds with a variety of delectable offerings from our lineup of food trucks. From savory barbecue to sweet treats, there's something to satisfy every craving.

  • Cash Bar: Quench your thirst and relax with a refreshing beverage from our cash bar. Enjoy a selection of drinks as you soak in the excitement of the competition.

Event Admission

$5 at the door

Kids 10 and younger, FREE

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