Class project goes viral after ‘Dirty Jobs’ host shares upset Luther teacher’s post

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LUTHER, Okla. - A rant on Facebook about the dedication of a shop class at Luther High School has gone viral.

The teacher was trying to get some attention for his students who built a locomotive smoker. He said they hoped to display it at the Oklahoma State Fair, but claim they were turned down.

Jacob Peak and his classmates spent hours, days and months building this Locomotive Smoker in their Design and Fabrication class at Luther High School.

"It taught us teamwork. You got to have teamwork to build something like this. One person couldn't build this, I don't think," said Jacob Peak.

His teacher, Mark Dunn, said it was upsetting when he claimed the state fair told them they couldn't enter the smoker in the competition.

"Nobody wanted to recognize us, because I've seen some of the state fair projects in there and they've put some stuff in like this and they said they couldn't because it's a safety hazard," said Peak.

However, that is not what organizers at the Oklahoma State Fair told KFOR.

Instead, organizers say the smoker is simply too big to fit in the display cases for the competition.

"As much as we would like to have this locomotive smoker entered into our Creative Arts competitions, it is simply too large to fit into our display cases. When the Oklahoma State Fair was contacted about this smoker a few days ago, we explained this situation to Mark Dunn. We further explained that we would be more than happy to accept for judging the entries of any other items that his class crafted, provided they met our rules for entry and also could fit into our display area," J. Scott Munz, with the Oklahoma State Fair, said in a statement.

Munz says he encouraged Dunn to submit a smaller class project to try and make it to the winning round.

Upset with the fair's decision, Dunn put a rant on his personal Facebook page, which is now catching a lot of attention, even from Mike Rowe.

"It apparently worked. We raised some money for the class; we raised some money for the kids. They feel like they've finally been recognized," said Dunn.

"I'm pretty sure everybody in the town is proud of us," said Peak.

On Sept. 10, the shop class announced that they have sold the locomotive smoker.

According to the Luther Design and Fabrication Facebook page, JT Holt with Land Loan Specialties purchased the smoker for $6,500.

Holt reportedly donated the smoker to Anna's House Foundation in Luther.

The foundation has agreed to let the kids use the train for their shows.

 

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