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Wisconsin State Fair teams up with Hunger Task Force for a food donation drive

WEST ALLIS, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Wisconsin State Fair Park officials announced the fair is teaming up with Hunger Task Force and Wells Fargo for a food donation drive on Thursday, Aug. 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

According to a news release, donations can be brought to the State Fair Park U.S. Cellular Main Gate area, entering through Gate 7 off Kearney. The first 10,000 participants who donate four cans of peaches or pears will receive one free ticket to the 2021 Wisconsin State Fair, which takes place Aug. 5 through Aug. 15. 

“Giving back to the community on opening day of the Fair has been a long-standing tradition, and there is no better way to commemorate what would have been opening day of the 2020 Wisconsin State Fair than by offering this opportunity for people to donate non-perishable food items in the fight against food insecurity,” said Kathleen O’Leary, Wisconsin State Fair Park CEO. “We’re excited to continue our partnership with Hunger Task Force and Wells Fargo to keep this established tradition alive.”

All participants who wish to receive their 2021 ticket must be present and are asked to stay in their vehicles to maintain social distancing. The ticket may be used for one admission valid for any single day for the 2021 event. The promotion is only valid on Thursday, Aug. 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. only, or while supplies last. 

“Everyone at Hunger Task Force misses the fun and comradery of the Wisconsin State Fair, however, the Fair has a serious side as well: collecting food for people in need,” said Sherrie Tussler, Executive Director of Hunger Task Force. “Join us in continuing this giving tradition by offering canned peaches and pears at this new donation drive.Together with Wells Fargo, we will collect food and assure that community hunger is addressed during these uncertain times. We look forward to seeing you—we will be smiling under those masks knowing that you still care!”

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