Holiday Contests


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Structures made entirely from canned goods.  A unique team building activity for your company that benefits the community.

Four local Western New York companies recently competed to build structures made entirely out of canned goods during the 2017 Fairgrounds Festival of Lights Canstruction Competition. Employees from Praxair, Ferguson Electric, Hamburg Gaming and National Fuel took part in creating structures with all canned goods used benefiting the Food Bank of Western New York.


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Teams had a total of 12 hours to build displays. Category winners included:

People’s Choice – National Fuel (Buffalo football helmet)

Most Cans Donated – National Fuel (Buffalo football helmet)

Structural Ingenuity – National Fuel (Buffalo football helmet)

 Best Meal – Praxair (Toy soldier with holiday scene)

 Best Use of Labels – Hamburg Gaming (Batman)

 Best Original Design – National Fuel (Buffalo football helmet)

With the food used to build these structures, there was a total of 12,088 pounds donated to the Food Bank of WNY that totals 14,507 meals.   

Canstruction, Inc is a nonprofit organization that holds annual design and build competitions to benefit local food banks.

Founded in 1992, the competitions are responsible for collection over 20 million pounds of food for the communities where Canstruction operates.

Participating companies...

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Special thanks for additional support of this event...


Enter to Win a Custom Built Dollhouse!

This custom designed house is built in the style of a Vermont Farmhouse. Pick up your entry form inside the New York State Police Building during the Festival of Lights. No purchase necessary. 

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