Saranac Lake Lions Club to hold Canned Food Plus Sculpture Contest

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Lions Club will hold a Canned Food Plus Sculpture Contest on Sunday at Riverside Park.

People can enter with a team or individually. People of all ages are welcome, and business are welcome to participate.

The sculptures can be made of canned and boxed dry food, which will be donated to the Saranac Lake Interfaith Food Pantry, as well as laundry and dish detergent, toilet paper and paper towels, bars of soap, shampoo and conditioner, adult disposable undergarments and baby diapers, which will be donated to the Grace Pantry. The Lions Club is also allowing dog and cat food to be used, along with other items needed at the Tri-Lakes Humane Society.

No glass containers are allowed. All labels and packaging must remain intact, and structures must be completely self-supporting. Sculptures should be easy to disassemble while keeping labels and packaging undamaged. Gluing, welding or other permanent affixing of cans are not allowed, nor are ladders, chairs or other things to stand on to construct your sculpture. It can only be as high as the tallest member of your team can reach unaided.

The members of the Saranac Lake Lions Club feel that this is a unique and fun way to support three Saranac Lake-based charities: the Interfaith Food Pantry, Grace Pantry and Humane Society.

It is also an opportunity for each participating team to share its organization, business or cause with the community. Each team may have a table next to its sculpture with information about the organization, business or cause it is representing. Teams must supply their own tables and chairs.

On the day of the event, teams that have signed up or are registered can start checking in at noon. Spots in the park will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Same-day registration will begin at 12:30 p.m. Sculptures need to be completed by 2 p.m. and must remain in place until 5 p.m. Judging will take place during that time.

The general public — including visitors, family, friends and co-workers — is encouraged to come out and vote for their favorite sculpture for the People’s Choice Award. Judges will be looking for a wide variety of artistic and engineering talent.

At 5 p.m. the sculptures come down, with the items being taken to the pick-up point for the Interfaith Food Pantry, Grace Pantry and Tri-Lakes Humane Society.

In case of rain, the event will take place indoors in the Harrietstown Town Hall auditorium.

For a complete list of acceptable items to build a sculpture, contest rules and award categories, contact the Saranac Lake Lions Club at saranaclakelions@gmail.com, visit its Facebook page or contact event organizer Susan Steen at 518-956-4467.

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