Back by Popular Demand: Minnesota’s Name a Snowplow Contest
Back by popular demand and for the 4th year in a row, it's the Minnesota Department of Transportations 'Name a Snowplow Contest'! I'm so happy this is back again because it's just such a fun and goofy contest. I also love seeing all of the creative names people come up with.
Past Minnesota 'Name a Snowplow' Winners
MnDOT has been doing this contest since December 2020. There are tons and tons of names submitted each year and in the end, there are 8 new snowplow names added to the roster.
For the 2020-2021 contest, the winning names were:
- Plowy McPlowFace
- Ope, Just Gonna Plow Right Past Ya
- Duck Duck Orange Truck
- Plow Bunyan
- Snowbi Wan Kenobi
- F. Salt Fitzgerald
- Darth Blader
- The Truck Formerly Known As Plow
I think my favorite of those has to be Ope, Just Gonna Plow Right Past Ya.
For 2021-2022 the winners were:
- Betty Whiteout
- Ctrl Salt Delete
- The Big Leplowski
- Plowasaurus Rex
- Scoop Dogg
- Blizzard of Oz
- No More Mr. Ice Guy
- Edward Blizzardhands
Hands down, my favorite of those is Betty Whiteout.
And then the most recent one, 2022-2023, those winners were:
- Yer a Blizzard, Harry
- Better Call Salt
- Han Snowlo
- Blader Tot Hotdish
- Scoop! There it is
- Sleetwood Mac
My favorite there is Yer a Blizzard, Harry because, obviously, I'm a Harry Potter fan.
MnDOT's 2023-2024 'Name a Snowplow' Contest
Right now, MnDOT is accepting submissions for name ideas. If you think you have a funny or witty name that should be added to the snowplow fleet, get it submitted. You have until Friday, December 15th at noon to do so.
There are some rules to the contest from the MnDOT website:
- Each person may only submit one name.
- Submissions are limited to no more than 30 characters (including letters and spaces).
- Gosh darn it, nothing vulgar please. Any submissions that include profanity or other inappropriate language will not be considered.
- Politically inspired names (including phrases, slogans or plays on politicians’ names) will not be considered. Naming snowplows is meant to be fun and lighthearted, so we’re going to keep this contest nonpartisan and nonpolitical.
- Past winners will also will not be considered.
Once all of the submissions are collected, MnDOT will review the submissions, pick the best ones, and then we'll get to vote for our favorites in January.
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