Learn about exciting new outdoor product ideas at local pitch competition

It’s called Outdoor Pitch but it has nothing to do with baseball or softball. Rather, students in the Outdoor Product Design program in the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences (CAAS) at Utah State University will be making pitches or presentations to a panel of judges about new outdoor product inventions.

On a recent KVNU For the People program, Chase Anderson, development director for the college, said it grew out of USU students competing in pitch competitions in Ogden and Kaysville last year.

“In fact, two of our students won both of those competitions. One of them taking away the grand prize of $10,000 at that competition. He’s since gone on and is producing his product here locally at a local manufacturer and is going to be selling his product shortly,” according to Anderson.

“So we thought why send our students down to Ogden, Kaysville and down to Salt Lake to participate in pitch competitions. Why not host something here locally since we’ve got 180 students in our program designing outdoor products?”

The event will take place this Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. at the Logan Depot located at 75 South 600 West in Logan.

Anderson gave a sample of some of the great ideas for products to benefit outdoor enthusiasts, including a backpack that can convert into a camping chair, an accordion-style duffel bag and a new type of insulation for jackets made out of milkweed. A prize will be awarded to one of the six product pitchers. For more information, visit the Facebook page for CAAS at USU.

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