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Canstruction of the Southern Tier awards presented

JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — Winners of the 6th annual Canstruction of the Southern Tier were announced Wednesday evening.

All over the Oakdale Mall, nearly a dozen structures are on display made entirely of canned and non-perishable goods.

A ceremony celebrated the teams who built them, awarding titles like best original design, most cans and even best meal.

One of the teams, the I.B.I. Group, won the structural ingenuity award for constructing a 16-foot-tall Empire State Building replica, the tallest structure the competition has ever seen.

But it’s more than just a contest. The 30,504 cans that make up these structures will be donated to CHOW at the end of the month.

“Obviously it’s fun to put it together, but when we’re going to be taking them down on Sunday, you know where those cans are going, and it’s going to the people that are in need in our community, which is a great feeling,” says Steve Thesier, who worked on I.B.I’s can structure.

Additionally, $15,000 was raised to be donated to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier.

The cans and the money donations will help feed the 1 in 7 individuals who are at risk of hunger in Broome County.

The structures will be on display until Sunday.

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