University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

ARCHIVE: UMHB Hosts 4th Annual Canstruction Event

January 15, 2014
A Canstruction masterpiece from years past
A Canstruction masterpiece from years past

Belton, Texas – The Helping Hands Ministry of Belton will host its fourth annual Canstruction competition the weekend of January 24, in the Mayborn Campus Center on the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor campus. This year seven teams will create elaborate structures comprised entirely of canned goods. One hundred percent of the funds raised by the event will go towards serving needy people in Central Texas. In its first three years, Canstruction brought in over 75,000 pounds of food donations.

The community is invited to watch as the teams build their canned structures on Friday, January 24, from 5 to 8 p.m. Suggested admission is 5 non-perishable food items or $5. The completed exhibits can also be viewed on Saturday, January 25, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Suggested admission is either 1 non-perishable food item or $1. For every dollar or canned food item donated, guests will be given a ticket to vote for their favorite structure.

Three teams competing for their fourth consecutive year are Architectural Edge, Belton Tigers, and Foundation United Methodist Church. Returning from previous competitions are Altrusa of Temple, First United Methodist Church, CGI, Harvest Technologies, and Grace Community Primitive Baptist Church. In each of the last three competitions, winners from Canstruction Belton have advanced to the International Competition, competing against thousands of other entries, and winning 4 international awards. Belton became the first city in Texas to host the International Award Winner with Architectural Edge’s win in 2011.

The Awards Dinner is on Saturday, January 25 at 6 p.m. at the UMHB Mayborn Campus Center. Tickets for the dinner are $30 per person or $200 per table. Jimmy Dorrell, Founder and Executive Director of Mission Waco, is the keynote speaker. Advanced reservations are required for the event and can be made online at or by calling (254) 939-7355. Following the dinner, all cans of food will be transported to Helping Hands Ministry.