Yakima 6-Year-Old Wins Liberty Bottleworks ‘Back to School’ Art Contest

We’ve written about Liberty Bottleworks a couple of times since we first saw them at Outdoor Retailer. They recently had a design contest for kids, with the winning design receiving more than 550 votes on Facebook. Way to go Klay!

– Brian


YAKIMA, Wash. – August, 2012 – Yakima 6-year-old Klay Koler will be seeing his handiwork come off the factory line, as Liberty Bottleworks puts the winning design for the Back to School Art contest into production today.

Koler’s design beat out more than 40 other submissions from kids ages 5-13 from around the country, and bested four other finalists in the last round of voting. Seven dollars from each bottle sold with Koler’s design will be donated to the art program at his school, Yakima Children’s Village, which is dedicated to serving children with special needs.

 Liberty bottle contest winning design by Klay Koler

Koler and other students from the school took a field trip to the Liberty factory last month, where they designed entries for the Back to School contest, had lunch and received bottles of their own to take home.

“This contest garnered a lot of attention online bringing in dozens of entries. With every new entry the excitement level at Liberty went up,” said Liberty Co-founder Ryan Clark. “We were floored by the fun, simple approach Klay’s design offered and we knew it had a place in the finals. From there it was up to our online community. All the entries were great and the five finalists were the best of the best, we are honored to work with Klay as the winner as his story is great and his school does such good work.”

The winning design is being printed on Liberty’s new 16 oz. kids bottles using a one-of-a-kind cylindrical digital printer to transfer the artwork onto Made-in-the-USA bottles. The back to school bottles will be sold on www.libertybottles.com and through participating retailers.

The 16oz. kids bottles retail for $18 and are available from www.libertybottleworks.com and through retailers around the country.


About Liberty Bottleworks

Founded in 2010, Liberty Bottleworks was created out of the belief that the best products are made in America by American workers. With a commitment to domestic machinery, raw materials, technology and manpower, Liberty Botteworks makes the industry’s only completely BPA-free metal water bottle from 100 percent recycled aluminum at its state-of-the-art factory in Yakima, Wash. Perfect for active lifestyles, whether in the backcountry, the boardroom or the back porch, Liberty bottles can be purchased from retailers across the country or from www.libertybottles.com.
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