Wilmington FFA members attended the annual Cardboard City on Saturday, Sept. 19.
Each year members of the community gather and spend the night together. The event lasted from 6 p.m. on Saturday until 6 a.m. Sunday as 250 people attended and spent a night out on the town, literally. Everyone who attended constructed a home for the night out of cardboard and stayed in the parking lot.
There was a structure building contest, a canned food structure contest, and there was an award given out to the organization that raised the most money. The Wilmington FFA chapter kept the traveling trophy since they won the “home” construction award for the second consecutive year. They built a castle that could hold an army — or at least a bunch of FFA members.
There were many different organizations that attended and Wilmington FFA raised $1,100. Laurel Oaks captured the trophy for the school contest. Money raised by the event went to the local homeless shelter to help provide for those in need.
The night consisted of some public speakers early in the evening, and then there was dancing and music. But later in the evening a movie was projected for the cardboard habitants that had stayed for the night.
This event was a great way for the people of the community to see and feel what it is like to not sleep in a comfortable bed, and to not have a shower whenever you begin to feel dirty. The club is already thinking about how they can build even bigger and better for next year.