SEDALIA, Mo. –The sixth annual Missouri Farmers Care Food Drive will be held on Tuesday, August 16th. In addition, canned food will be collected missourievery day of the Missouri State Fair, August 11-21.

“Hunger is a growing problem in Missouri and we hope our food drive efforts during the Fair can shed light on the issue, while helping to alleviate food insecurity,” Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe said in a news release. “The food drive, combined with the new Can Creation Contest, is designed to assist with hunger relief for Missourians.”

A special gate admission promotion will be offered to fair attendees who bring canned food on Tuesday, August 16th. Attendees can get a $1 off coupon at the Centennial Gate in exchange for a canned food item.

“The discount may not be combined with other offers and is restricted to a $5 maximum savings per adult ticket (regularly $10), $3 maximum savings per senior ticket (regularly $7) and $1 maximum savings per child ticket (regularly $2). Coupons are valid Aug. 16 only and may be redeemed at gate admission ticket booths.”

The new Can Construction Contest will also be held on Aug. 16. 4-H and FFA members will compete against each other to build 3-D can structures reflecting the Fair’s theme, “See What Crops Up.” The 2,000 cans for the contest are being donated by Bing’s Grocery Stores of Sedalia. At the end of the contest, the decorated cans will also be donated.

For more information visit mostatefair.com, or call 1-800-422-FAIR (3247).”