75 years ago today, Bernard “Bernie” Sanders was born in Brooklyn, NY. In celebration of his birthday, we’ve picked 5 winners to receive a year of Ben & Jerry’s.

On July 25th, we launched the #MyBernie Instagram Contest after shipping out over 25,000 Bernie Sanders Action Figures. To be honest, we expected a year of ice cream to be a popular prize, but we never expected to receive so many amazing submissions. People took their Bernie Action Figure everywhere, from the DNC to their summer vacations. Alas, we could only choose 5 people to win from over 1,700 entries featuring the Bernie Action Figure on Instagram.

Let’s take a look at some of the highlights from #MyBernie.

Bernie proved to be a great ambassador.

Bernie’s adventures around the world had him building relations of all kinds. He campaigned with the Democatic Party, brought together citizens of every background, and negotiated for peace between antagonistic parties.

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Bernie advocated for the environment.

Besides Bernie’s 75th this year, the National Parks Services had their 100th birthday over the summer. Bernie took a tour across the country to highlight the beauty of America’s landscapes and the need for environmental conservation.

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A special congratulations to BrianneBikes for becoming a Junior Ranger of the NPS!

Wherever you went, Bernie went.

Whether it was to Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention or the beach for vacation (the office for some…), Bernie was a loyal companion for every adventure. He even went all the way to Japan for some foreign diplomacy.

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Bernie took some time to himself.

After a long and exhausting campaign, Bernie made sure to take some time for himself. He enjoyed some great Vermont cheeses, had a party, and made use of prime grilling season.

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Bernie got cinematic.

As a dynamic figure, Bernie was always on the move. Some fans took to video to capture his action-packed days.

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The Runner-ups!

As you can guess, it was tough picking out only 5 winners to receive a year supply of Ben and Jerry’s. There were so many delightful #MyBernie moments that voting on only five was as challenging as getting Congress to agree on something. So we decided to share the wealth with our runner-ups. Each of our runner-ups will get a free pint of Ben and Jerry’s! Woohoo!

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The Winners

The winners of #MyBernie elicited the strongest reaction from the FCTRY team. Whether it was laughter or admiration for the artistry, these submissions were marked as the most memorable ones. Each of these entrants will get a year of ice cream from us. Say hello to some Chubby Hubby!

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We’ll be contacting the winners and honorable mentions for details shortly so please keep an eye out for a message from us via Instagram.

The Adventure Continues…

Perhaps the greatest thing to come from the #MyBernie Contest was watching the community of fans share their personal escapades via the Bernie Action Figure, both with us and with each other. We’re grateful to have so many wonderful moments shared with us on Instagram. Though the contest may be over, we hope that the #MyBernie adventures continue.

P.S. Make sure you’ve downloaded your Bernie’s Besties Paper Dolls. Find them here.