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Thank you to Hannah for submitting her design 'Tutti Fruity'

Sauce: We understand you're only 10 years old & in 5th Grade.  We're so pleased that you participated in our contest.  What was the inspiration behind your design?

Thank you so much, I can’t tell you how happy I am. I just like to brain storm so I figured I would do bright colors to brighten peoples day. Then I decided to draw fruit that morning. That night, I was thinking of hat ideas and found the fruit I had drawn that morning. So I drew fruit. 

Sauce: Which charity would you like your design to support?

The non-profit I’d like to support is Moonsong Malamute Rescue. Being that I run sled dogs, northern breed dogs are very close to my heart.  Thanks again for letting me be a part of this.                                                   

Sauce: Thank you Hannah!  This hat certainly brightens our day :)

Thanks to Dominique for submitting her design 'Bitterroot'

Sauce: Can you share a little bit about the inspiration behind your design?

Oh yes, when I was thinking about design possibilities I wanted to do something wildflower because I’m just a big fan :) and as much as I love winter, it is pretty long so liked the idea of experiencing some of the best of both. I was going through the usual favorites and the Bitterroot came up because of the obvious MT state flower but also often I feel a little overlooked, so I thought it deserved a shout out! 

Sauce: Which charity would you like your design to support?

My charity of choice would be Erin’s Hope Project, a MT based organization that funds and creates an opportunity for a MT kid with a life-threatening illness and their family to have an outdoor adventure together or similar experience of their choice. This Project was started in honor of my younger cousin, Erin, who passed away from cancer. My aunt and uncle are a part of the project board which is based out of Miles City, MT and are extremely personally invested in each child, family, and their story. One special girl from Butte, that I was honored to get to know loved mermaids. EHP rented them a RV and organized a trip for them to go to the Oregon coast. It was also organized that a ‘real-life’ mermaid got to meet them on the beach there one day which she just LOVED. These awesome experiences are funded by donations and events like Fun Runs, and the dubbed Erin's Crystal Ball, a winter dinner and auction. This cause is special to my own family’s journey and being able to share and see other family’s journeys is humbling and an honor. I’d love for Sauce to be a part of supporting this cause for soul medicine of the outdoors, family memories to cherish, and human compassion. I am happy to answer any other questions you may have about Erin’s Hope Project.   

Sauce: Thank you Dominique!  We love the way your design turned out and also love the Bitterroot flower :)



Winners Announced!


CONGRATULATIONS TO Hannah & Dominique for their winning designs

And THANK YOU to everyone who participated by submitting entries and casting a vote. 
It's our favorite event of the year and we can't do it without you! 

Sign up for our newsletter and stay tuned to @sauceactive on social media so you don't miss your chance to grab some 'Tutti Fruity' or 'Bitterroot' when they are available for purchase in early December.  In the meantime we'll post a Q & A with the winners as well as information on the charity they've chosen for their hat.


A very SPECIAL 'SAUCE' MENTION to our runners-up.  There were four designs that we want to recognize because they were very close in the end, ahead of several more that we really loved.  
Please know that we appreciate your efforts and REALLY WISH we could make all of your designs! 

We will make our random draw for one of five hats from the voting pool when the winning designs are made up and ready to ship.  You'll have a chance to select either design!

Voting Details

 Voting Details

 AND now for some light-hearted voting...

THANK YOU to everyone who sent in entries.  

We are so pleased to offer such a high quality selection of designs again this year! Voting closes at 11:59pm on Sunday, November 8th.  On Monday, November 9th the design with the most combined votes from our Facebook page and the voting form below will be declared the winner!  


Voting Rules:

1. You MAY vote on both platforms, if you wish (below and on the Facebook album)

2. You MAY vote for as many favorites as you'd like.  There are so many great options!

3. We require a valid email address on the voting form below because WE HOPE you'll only vote one time. Everyone who casts a vote below will be entered to win one of five design contest hats!  Winners will be notified by email.

4. Recruit your friends to vote and encourage them to follow us @sauceactive on social media or sign up for our newsletter so they can follow the contest.   

2020 Special Sauce Design Contest Info

Announcing the 8th Annual 

Special Sauce Design Contest

 Entries Are Now Open! Grab your brushes, crayons, and scissors, it's time to design the hat of your dreams. Let your ideas flow, be inspired by famous designers, painters, cartoonists, illustrators, photographers, even your surroundings. But hurry, entries close in a couple weeks! 

Participants of all ages & artistic talents are WELCOME!

How does it work?

1.  Enter your email below to receive our PDF template.  Use any means you wish to design your hat.  Crayons, markers, decoupage, design software... As long as you're not send us copyrighted artwork, it all goes!

2.  Submit your design by mail or email before November 1st, 2020.

Mail: Sauce, Attn: Special Sauce, PO Box 2026, Bozeman, MT 59771 USA
Email: - Subject: Special Sauce Entry
***Scans preferred, but photos accepted.

3.  After you make your vote in the presidential election we invite you to do something a little more light-hearted and vote for your favorite hat designs from November  4 - 6th, 2020.  We will put a photo gallery of all the entries on Facebook so you can vote for your favorites.  If you don't have a Facebook account & wish to participate there will be an alternate voting method available. 

Be sure to join our newsletter or follow us @SauceActive on social media to stay in the contest loop! 

4. The design(s) with the most combined likes at the end of the voting period will win the contest and be announced the week of November 9th.  The winner(s) will receive one of their hats, and credit to purchase any of the products in our online store - including your hat!  AND Sauce will donate a portion of the sales from your design over the next 10 months to your charity of choice.  Learn more about Sauce for a Cause and how this contest has benefitted charities in the past.


Well what are you waiting for? Discover your inner artist!

Questions?  Contact us