Missouri State Fair organizers have announced that a John Deere tractor will be replicated with cans from this year’s food drive. The “Canstruction” of the tractor will be composed of 8,000 green, yellow, black and white cans donated by Bing’s Grocery Stores of Sedalia. This will be the fifth annual food drive for the Missouri State Fair, which is in its 113th year.
“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. “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.”
The fair will be held between August 13 and 23, and cans will be collected throughout the duration of the event. There will be an entry discount offered to attendees when they donate a can on August 18.
The John Deere tractor composed of cans will be on display throughout the duration of the event in the Agriculture Building. It is being constructed out of green, yellow and black cans. In 2011, John Deere set a world record with “Project Can Do.” More than 300,000 cans were collected to construct the world’s largest canned food structure.