State Fair hosts annual food drive

Written by Muleskinner Staff

(SEDALIA, Mo.) – The Missouri State Fair’s fifth annual food drive will include a Canstruction display, which will depict a John Deere tractor and consist of more than 8,000 cans of food.
“Last year the Missouri State Fair food drive and Canstruction project resulted in 18,783 pounds of food being donated to Missouri families,” said Fair Director Mark Wolfe in a written statement. “Many people think hunger only affects other countries or big cities, when in fact there are people in our own neighborhoods and communities in need. Hunger is a growing problem in Missouri and we hope our efforts can shed light on the issue, while helping to alleviate food insecurity.”
Canned food will be collected every day of the Fair, Aug. 13-23, with a $1 off gate admission promotion offered in exchange for canned food donations Tuesday, Aug. 18, according to a news release. The promotion, Missouri Farmers Care Food DriveTuesday, is being sponsored in cooperation with Midwest and St. Louis Ford Dealers and Missouri Farmers Care, and will benefit Feeding Missouri.
The Canstruction project will be on display in the center of the Agriculture Building Aug. 13-23. This year, the project will be a John Deere tractor and include more than 8,000 green, yellow, black and white cans donated by Bing’s Grocery Stores of Sedalia.
Fairgoers will also have the opportunity to purchase a can of food at the Missouri Farmers Care booth and place the can in an unfinished element of the tractor. Feeding Missouri will receive these monetary donations and will be able to provide seven meals for every $1 donated.
Canstruction is a trademarked professional design/build competition and community service project.  Mid-Missouri’s architects, engineers, contractors and students create giant structures built with canned food, according to the news release. The Fair’s exhibit is being designed and directed by PWArchitects, Inc. and project engineer Patrick Earney of THHinc McClure Engineering Co. of Columbia. A rendering of the exhibit can be seen at the Fair’s website.
The 113th Missouri State Fair, themed “Show Offs Welcome!” will be held Aug. 13-23 in Sedalia. For more information about concerts, events and other Fair activities, visit mostatefair.com, follow the Fair on Facebook and Twitter, or call 1-800-422-FAIR (3247).