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STOP! It’s Hammer Time (In Burgin)

Celebrating Cinco De Mayo At Burgin Hammer-In

Chris Smith, a member of the Blacksmiths of Kentucky group, will be hammering away on Burgin’s Main Street at the Hammer-In on Sunday, May 5.

Jennifer Marsh

Herald Staff

jmarsh@harrodsburgherald.com

A  Blacksmith Hammer-In to celebrate Cinco De Mayo will be held on Sunday, May 5, at 12:30 p.m. on Main Street in Burgin.

The event will have members from the Blacksmiths of Kentucky group bringing their forges for demonstrations.

“The event is basically a group of local blacksmiths and knife makers who are getting together to forge tools, knives and decorative items out of steel. It will be open to the public to watch and learn from modern smiths in one of the oldest crafts,” said Chris Smith, a local knife maker and participant in the event. “There will be items for sale including knives, hand forged bottle openers and materials for knife makers.”

The event will have food trucks from Bee’z Freeze shaved ice and Taqueria Garcia.

“The city invited our group to come and show our craft. They want to spotlight local craftsmen and hopefully get the community out for a good time,” said Smith. “Two members of our group have appeared on the TV show “Forged in Fire.””

One of the handcrafted tomahawks that will be raffled off in Burgin on Sunday.

Chris Smith said he hopes to see a crowd turn for the event.

“We want people to come and support local craftsmen,” said Smith. “We also want to support our city by donating items. It is a win-win.”

The raffles will include donated forged items and art from a local artisan.

Britney Smith, clerk for the City of Burgin, said donated items, including tomahawks, will be raffled at the event.

“We are collecting funds for a scholarship fund we anticipate starting,” said Britney Smith. “We hope to create this to benefit students of Burgin Independent School.”

For more information, call city hall at 748-5220.

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1 Comment

  1. Ann Marie VanArsdale Crown on May 4, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    I wish my father, John Buck VanArsdale was still alive to see this and participate. He was a 5th generation Blacksmith who lived in Burgin and a graduate of Burgin High School.

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