Bodgers' Rules and Information

Welcome to the Bodgers' Grande Exhibition, a Steampunk Makers Fair. Bodgers’ Grande Exhibition is open to attendees of the Brass Screw Confederacy. The theme for the 2019 festival is Mad Science!

Submissions (both prize eligible and display only) must be pre-registered by completing the information required to allow organizers to allocate space.


  • Setup Friday 3 - 5 PM (subject to change)
  • Hall open for public viewing: Friday 5 PM - 8, Saturday 10 - 6

Location: Bodgers' Central (Pope Marine Bldg. - on the pier at Madison and Water St, Port Townsend


  • All bodgers' must register.  Registration is free. Adult participants must hold a General Admission pass for the 2019 Brass Screw Confederacy. The organizers reserve the right to close registration if the space or number of submissions exceeds capacity.
  • Submissions must be...
    • Original work of the submitter
    • Item cannot have won any previous Brass Screw awards
    • Safe for display and not violate any laws (i.e. no open flames, explosions, etc.)
    • Fit within a 3ft by 3ft display area (please coordinate with Bodger-in-Chief if larger)
    • Cannot infringe on intellectual property
    • Participants must provide all materials for their submission, including electrical extension cords, water, etc. (display tables will be available)
    • Accompanied by a summary/description and a worklog that describes the components and work you’ve done for judges’ review. The worklog can also include:
      • The submission’s backstory or purpose
      • The submission’s function

Setup: Your submission must be in place in Bodger Central. You will be contacted with your scheduled setup time by the hall coordinator.

Removal: Your submission must be collected and removed by the time specified by the organizer. Olympic Peninsula Steam cannot take responsibility for material left in the space after 6pm. Submissions not collected on time will be fed to the Grue.

Judging: Submissions will be judged by a panel of judges based on the following criteria:

1. Concept:

  • Does it support your narrative and story?
  • What does it do in theory?
  • Consideration also made for originality

2. Presentation:

  • Quality of craft and construction
  • Quality of worklog (Could someone, someone like you, create it again?)
  • Does the worklog describe the problems you had to work around?

3. Functionality:

  • Does it work – or at least do something? Does it solve a problem plaguing mankind since the beginning of time?

Awards and Prizes

Novice – You are new to bodgering and testing your skills. Prize: $150
Adept – You’ve got skills and are competing for the big prize. Prize $250

Judges reserve the right to move submissions between categories at their discretion based upon quality of submission. Additional prizes may be awarded based upon the judges’ discretion. A People’s Choice award will also be presented.

Judging will begin at 4:15pm on Saturday. The awesome awards ceremony will be conducted at the closing ceremony in the Pope Marine Building at 5pm on Saturday.

Waivery Stuff

The Exhibition Hall will be staffed at all times and we'll do everything in our power to ensure the safety of your amazing thing. If something bad (like damage or disappearance) happens, you agree to hold Olympic Peninsula Steam and its volunteers harmless.

The decisions of the judges are final. Judges and officials of Olympic Peninsula Steam reserve the right to be as whimsical, non-committal, or uncooperative as might suit their needs. We’re here to have fun, and hope you do, too. There is no cost for submission and either judges or officials of Olympic Peninsula Steam reserve the right to disqualify participants for acting in a manner incompatible with the spirit of the event, or for any other reason whatsoever. Please play nicely with others.

By participating in the Bodgers' Exhibition you are agreeing to have your image and the image of your creation used to promote Olympic Peninsula Steam and the Brass Screw Confederacy without compensation as well as to the other rules noted herein.

Consent of parent or guardian is required for bodgers under 18.

Contact for clarification of any rules in question

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