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Photos: Bears feast on Alaska State Fair veggies

The public was invited to attend another feeding of fair veggies to AWCC animals on Saturday, Sept. 8. Feeding begins at 1 p.m.
Photo: AWCC Lead Intern Erin Leighton
The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center takes in injured and orphaned animals year-round and provides care.
Photo: AWCC Lead Intern Erin Leighton
Each year, leftover vegetables from the Alaska State Fair are donated to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.
Photo: AWCC Lead Intern Erin Leighton
Alaska farmers grow monster-sized vegetables that often clinch world records for size and weight.
Photo: AWCC Lead Intern Erin Leighton
Alaska Dispatch

Each autumn, vegetables from the Alaska State Fair are donated to the orphaned animals of the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. 

Vegetables arrived the first week of September; first feed was held Friday, with a second feeding planned for Saturday, Sept. 8 at 1 p.m. The public was invited to attend. 

The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is a nonprofit located about 45 miles south of Anchorage in Portage, at the end of Turnagain Arm. The organization is "dedicated to preserving Alaska’s wildlife through conservation, public education, and quality animal care," according to its website.

Injured and orphaned animals are taken in year-round; those that cannot be released into the wild find a permanent home at AWCC.