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Oklahoma City Zoo and Dr Pepper host statewide student art contest

Oklahoma City Zoo and Dr Pepper host statewide student art contest
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: March 1, 2013

Young artists are encouraged to take crayons, colored pencils, markers or paints in hand and dive into the Dr Pepper Vending Machine Art Contest for a chance to win $500 in tuition. The Oklahoma City Zoo and Dr Pepper invite Oklahoma students in grades K-12 to participate in the ninth annual art contest.

Entries will be accepted through March 29. Students participating in this year's contest will have a chance to win one of two grand prizes of $500 in tuition courtesy of First Security Bank and Dr Pepper, and have their design placed on one of two Dr Pepper vending machines located on zoo grounds. Submitted entries will be judged on creativity and relevance to the contest's theme, “I spy, water wonders!”

About the contest

From the deepest oceans to the lakes and streams of Oklahoma, the Earth's waters support all living things. The zoo aids in numerous local, national and international conservation projects that help protect ecosystems and the animals that live there.

Through their designs, students are asked to illustrate how they would conserve water and help save water wonders of all kinds. They will be encouraged to think beyond the creatures of the ocean and consider “water wonders” such as frogs, turtles, fish and snakes.

The winning designs will be unveiled at the zoo on April 21 at 2 p.m. during the zoo's Party for the Planet celebration.

If you go

The Oklahoma City Zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with exhibit buildings closing at 4:45 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, and $5 for children ages 3 to 11 and seniors age 65 and over. Children 2 and under are admitted free. To learn more about these and other happenings, call 424-3344 or visit


Official entry forms are available online at All submitted entries become property of the Oklahoma City Zoo and must be postmarked by March 29.

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