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Food drive builds uncanny competition

January 23, 2001

Food drive builds uncanny competition



What do you call huge displays of boxed and canned foods assembled by the thousands in one place?

A grocery store? It could be "Canstruction,"an innovative competition designed to collect food items for the needy and provide an outlet for the creativity of area design professionals, students and businesses.

A first for Hagerstown this year, Canstruction is a national community service project of the design and construction industry to build structures entirely out of canned and boxed foods to benefit the hungry here at home.

In competitions across the country, examples of prizewinners have included scaled-down ocean liners made entirely of tuna fish cans, a Tower of Babel, the "Tin Towers," a five-foot tall moon rocket, a full-sized jukebox and a pickup truck.

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Brad Sell, executive director of Food Resources Inc., said all food items used during the local competition will be donated here.

Local sponsors are Allegheny Power, Martin's Food Markets and the Homebuilders Association of Washington County.

Teams will be eligible for $5,000 in gift certificates provided by Martin's to help defray the cost of the "building materials."

All projects will be set up at the Hagerstown Community College ARCC building on Friday, March 9. The displays will be open for public viewing on March 10-11.

Judges so far include Lou Scally, NBC-25 weather man; and Barb Spicher of the Washington County Arts Council, Sell said.

Anyone wishing to enter is asked to call Food Resources at 301-733-4002.

- Marlo Barnhart

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