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People's Choice Award judging for Canstruction is up and running on SooToday.com until 6 p.m. tonight. To vote for your favourite Canstruction structure. simply select it from our poll at the bottom right of our home page.
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People's Choice Award judging for Canstruction is up and running on SooToday.com until 6 p.m. tonight.

To vote for your favourite Canstruction structure. simply select it from our poll at the bottom right of our home page.

Voters can also cast their votes in person from locations where the structures are on display this weekend.

This includes Station Mall, City Hall lobby, White Pines Collegiate and Vocational School and Rome's Independent Grocer Lobby.

Canstruction is the most unique food drive in the world, says Boniferro Mill Works team captain Jim Boniferro.

During the opening ceremonies yesterday, Boniferro (shown) said the event gives Sault Ste. Marie's architects, engineers, students and businesses a chance to show off their design and construction ingenuity and to fight hunger at home.

Over a six hour period yesterday evening, ten Sault teams used donated canned goods to build spectacular structures at Station Mall.

The teams were allowed to use only cans of food, tape boarding and a desire to defy the laws of gravity to build their structures.

Well, most of the teams anyway.

Team Boniferro represents the event's sponsoring agency so it isn't allowed to win any prizes so it pulled out all the stops to show the other teams how it can really be done.

Boniferro himself designed the gravity-defying structure and pre-built it to test and refine it.

He is seen shimming and leveling the base of the Team Boniferro tree built to help alleviate Saultite's knots of hunger.

"I've learned from experience that this part has to be perfectly level if it is to stand," he said. "The last time I built it, the tree stood for four days so I'm pretty confident it will be okay."

Team Boniferro also used wire frames it fabricated and filled with cans long before the contest got underway Friday at 4:45 p.m. to create the tree.

Sault College Engineering Technology Class and Korah Collegiate International Baccalaureate Program are among the design and build teams whose talent will be put to the test in order to make a difference in the fight against hunger this weekend.

The structures were on display during the build on Friday evening and will continue to be displayed during Station Mall hours until closing time on Sunday March 25th.

When the cans come down and the event is over for the year all food structures will be donated to The Sault Ste. Marie Soup Kitchen and Community Centre and Vincent's Place, said Boniferro.

Events in conjunction with Canstruction this weekend includes Sault Community Career Center's Passport to Unity which gets underway at White Pines Cafeteria at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Admission for this is one can and one Twoonie and a free shuttle buses will be leaving from the Galaxy Theatre doors to White Pines for the Passport to Unity Event and back to the mall beginning at 12:30 until 5 p.m. On Sunday at 11 a.m. the closing ceremonies and awards breakfast gala runs at the Holiday Inn Brulé Room.

Admission to this event is one can of food.

For more information on Canstruction Sault Ste. Marie, visit its website.