Project to have Fair presence

Posted August 7, 2013 at 1:00 pm

The Iowa Food & Family Project will be building connections between rural and urban Iowans about farming and food at the Iowa State Fair Aug. 8-18 with a unique exhibit located in the south atrium of the Varied Industries Building.

The centerpiece of this year’s exhibit will feature the work of Sean Kenney, a LEGO Certified Professional who uses LEGO pieces to create amazing sculptures. Kenney’s building for the Iowa Food & Family Project (Iowa FFP) will be made completely of LEGO pieces showcasing the positive contributions farming makes to Iowa, the nation and the world. It will feature a colorful representation of Iowa’s landscape, including rolling farm fields interspersed with farms and towns surrounded by a variety of food grown, made and sold in Iowa.

Fairgoers visiting the exhibit, themed “Get Connected to Farming,” can participate in a variety of activities, including building their own creations using LEGO bricks, visiting with farmers and testing their knowledge about food and farming. They’ll also be invited to contribute to the Iowa Food Bank Association.

Sponsors of “Get Connected to Farming” include the Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa Pork Producers Association, Farm Credit Services of America, Midwest Dairy Association, Syngenta, Iowa Food Bank Association, Iowa Grocery Industry Association and United Soybean Board.

In addition to the LEGO exhibit, the Iowa Food & Family Project and Iowa Soybean Association will join the Iowa State Fair and GROWMARK to help package more than 250,000 servings of soy-based meals for Meals from the Heartland Thursday, Aug. 8, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. near the south atrium of the Varied Industries Building. Volunteers will help throughout the one-day event and can register at iowastatefair.org.

Also, the Iowa FFP, Iowa State Fair and U.S. Department of Agriculture will send visitors on a scavenger hunt throughout the fair to learn more about agriculture. “AgVenture” trail maps will be available throughout the fairgrounds. Once completed, they can be redeemed for a special gift at the Iowa FFP booth.

The Iowa Food & Family Project (www.iowafoodandfamily.com) is dedicated to uniting Iowans in conversations about today’s farms and food system through personal engagement and advocacy.

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