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SC State Fair to host second annual Hudson's Heroes Tackle Hunger event

Jan 4, 2019

(Jan. 4, 2019 - Columbia, S.C.) – The South Carolina State Fair will host the second annual Hudson’s Heroes Tackle Hunger event at the fairgrounds Jan. 12.

The event is a partnership with Jim Hudson Automotive Group, the Souper Bowl of Caring and Harvest Hope Food Bank.

Representatives from 20 Midlands-area high schools will gather at the fairgrounds Jan. 12 to pack 4,000 boxes of food for community members in need in conjunction with this year’s Souper Bowl of Caring, Feb. 3. 

The Souper Bowl of Caring was founded by a Columbia church youth group nearly 30 years ago to support area food banks and pantries, and it quickly expanded to a national hunger relief effort. The campaign culminates around Super Bowl Sunday each year and annually generates around $10 million nationally. Contributions from each community remain in those areas to help fight hunger.

Last year, representatives from 10 Midlands high schools packed 2,000 boxes during the inaugural Hudson’s Heroes Tackle Hunger event.

“We are thrilled to help support ongoing efforts to fight hunger in our community, and we could not think of a better way to launch our 150thanniversary year,” said S.C. State Fair general manager, Nancy Smith.

Jim Hudson Automotive Group is providing the food for the 4,000 boxes. Once packed, the boxes will be taken to the Harvest Hope Food Bank warehouse for distribution to families across the Midlands.

Each participating school also will have the opportunity to take food boxes back to their respective school pantries.

To donate to this year’s Souper Bowl of Caring, visit

The South Carolina State Fair, which hosted 443,712 attendees in 2018, will run Oct. 9-20, 2019. The fair will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2019 with a variety of special initiatives and programming. 

The South Carolina State Fair is a self-supported, nonprofit organization dedicated to educating South Carolina's young adults, and awards more than $300,000 in scholarships each year.


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