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“Ope, Just Gonna Plow Right Past Ya” MNDOT Announces Winners of Plow Naming Contest

3 Mar 2021, 5:35 am

Image courtesy MNDOT

You may remember the name “Boaty McBoatface.” It made headlines across the globe, or at least popped up in every social media feed back in 2016.

The Natural Environmental Research Council in England had asked for the public’s help in naming a new research vessel and boy did the public deliver.

Fast forward to March 2nd of this year to meet “Plowy McPlowFace,” just one of 8 plows that will hit the snowy streets next year garnered with new names decided by voting on the internet.

The results are what you’d expect from an online naming contest, with some Minnesota flair.

  • Plowy McPlowFace – Metro District
  • Ope, Just Gonna Plow Right Past Ya – District 4
  • Duck Duck Orange Truck – District 1
  • Plow Bunyan – District 2
  • Snowbi Wan Kenobi – District 6
  • F. Salt Fitzgerald – District 7
  • Darth Blader – District 3
  • The Truck Formerly Known As Plow – District 8

Close to 24,000 names were submitted for the contest with the top 50 moving to the final round of voting. The complete voting results can be viewed on the MNDOT page announcing the contest winners.

Over 122,000 votes were cast in the contest.

On Wedensday, the day after contest winners were announced, Colorado Governor Jared Polis announced they would be accepting name submissions from elementary school students in the state for their 20 new plows which will begin later this spring.


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