Applications for Rebel Craft Rumble due soon

Director: 'It's like if "Making It" and "Iron Chef" had a baby'

The winners of the 2018 Rebel Craft Rumble. (Malia Matsumoto — contributed)

SCRAP Humboldt is still accepting applications for people who want to participate in the sixth annual Rebel Craft Rumble, taking place March 30 at the Arcata Playhouse.

Applications are due Friday, and the process involves more than filling out a piece of paper. Prospective participants will receive not only a standard paper application, but also a batch of materials which they must fashion into something creative as part of their submission, according to Malia Matsumoto, the director of SCRAP Humboldt. Matsumoto also happens to be an “extreme ultimate supreme craft master,” who has won the competition in previous years.

“It’s such a fun, exciting event … it really encapsulates all of what SCRAP Humboldt does,” she said. “It’s live-action crafting which is a super fun combination with really fun teams that put on great show.”

The Rebel Craft Rumble will pit four teams against each other in various craft-centered competitions. While Matsumoto couldn’t reveal the challenges for this year’s competition, she was able to shed light on previous challenges. One competition simulated a scenario where Bigfoot, strapped for cash, was planning on taking up a “trimming gig,” Matsumoto said. Competitors were asked to make a disguise for him to get through trim camp unnoticed. Another simulation put competitors inside of the KHSU studio during a zombie apocalypse. With only the surrounding broadcast equipment, they had to fashion weapons to survive.

As an added twist, each team is allowed to bring two “secret weapons” to the competition. In past years, teams have brought in cordless sewing machines, cordless Dremel rotary tools, or even a prom dress from the 1980s, she said.

“It’s like if ‘Making It’ and ‘Iron Chef’ had a baby,” Matsumoto said. “The event sells out every year.”

Matsumoto said tickets are still available for the event. But VIP seating, which includes a round of drinks (from wine to margaritas) for a table of four, is running out quickly with only two packages left. The event, which will include a silent auction, is SCRAP Humboldt’s largest fundraiser of the year and Matsumoto said it has seen increasing success.

“This community just embraces the environment and creative reuse,” she said. “It’s not like, ‘Let’s have a fashion show or a gala.’ No — ‘let’s have a big party and make weird things and have a good time.’”

If you go

What: 2019 Rebel Craft Rumble

When: Saturday, March 30, 6:30-10 p.m.

Where: Arcata Playhouse, 1251 9th St., Arcata

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Philip Santos can be reached at 707-441-0506

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