Indiana State Fair 2022 Photos, Part 3 of 6: The Year in Canned Food Art

canned Baby Yoda!

Canned Grogu for the win!

Previously on Midlife Crisis Crossover:

It’s that time again! The Indiana State Fair is an annual celebration of Hoosier pride, farming, food, and 4-H, with amusement park rides, cooking demos, concerts by musicians either nearly or formerly popular, and farm animals competing for cash prizes without their knowledge. My wife Anne and I attend each year as a date-day to seek new forms of creativity and imagination within a local context…

One of the many creative events each year is the Canstruction contest, which isn’t necessarily exclusive to local 4-H youngsters. Canstruction is a charitable organization that holds nationwide events in which engineers and other clever planners compete against each other in building the best sculpture made entirely from canned goods, preferably in recognizable shapes and not ordinary stacks with boring titles like “The Can-Can”. After the judging and the public displaying are over, all those meticulously planned figures are torn down and the components are donated to local hunger relief charities, who in turn forward them to needy families totally unaware their next few meals used to be Art.

Possibly in keeping with this year’s “Fun at the Speed of Summer” theme, each team of contestants made vehicles or vehicular acccessories out of cans, starting with the floating space crib in our lead photo. Some machines were built for more speed than others.

canned taco truck!

Canned taco truck, sculpted from refried beans and green chilies.

canned gas pump!

Canned gas pump and starting line to welcome the winners of this contest.

canned Mystery Machine!

Apropos of chapter 2, canned Mystery Machine.

canned 1928 Stutz Blackhawk Special!

The most oddly specific entry, the canned 1928 Stutz Blackhawk Special race car.

canned forklift!

A canned forklift, for some reason parked with the lift facing away from the viewer.

canned Mario and Luigi!

Mario and Mario and Luigi in their canned Mario Karts.

canned DeLorean!

Also facing the other way, a canned DeLorean taking off for 1955, complete with fire trails in its wake, hopefully not hot enough to cook all those canned contents.

To be continued! Other chapters in this very special MCC miniseries:

Part 1: Our Year in Food
Part 2: The Year in Speed
Part 4: The Year in Lego and Other Arts
Part 5: The Expo Hall Baby Farm Animal Takeover
Part 6: Random Acts of Fairness

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