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Name a Snowplow contest

MnDOT’s Name a Snowplow contest returns!

It's our favorite time of year and everyone's favorite contest. Submit your ideas now to name a mndot snowplow.


It’s back! Last winter, Minnesotans submitted thousands of creative names and voted on their favorites to officially name eight snowplows across the state. The Minnesota Department of Transportation is excited to announce that the agency’s Name a Snowplow contest is returning for a second year!

Here are the ground rules for this year’s contest:

  • The submission form will be open through midnight on Dec. 15, 2021.
  • You may submit up to three (3) snowplow name ideas when completing the submission form.

  • Each submission is limited to no more than 30 characters, including letters and spaces.

  • Previous winners will not be considered (There can be only one Plowy McPlowFace, folks).
    • The eight winning names from last year’s inaugural Name a Snowplow contest can be found below.

  • Politically inspired names (including phrases, slogans, or plays on politicians’ names) will not be considered. Naming our snowplows is meant to be fun and lighthearted, and we’re going to keep this contest non-political and nonpartisan.

  • After the submission form closes, MnDOT staff will review all submissions and – at the agency’s discretion – select up to 50 finalists for the public voting round in January 2022. We will consider factors such as (but not limited to) frequency of name submissions, uniqueness, and simplicity for broad public understanding.  

Name a Snowplow contest - previous winners

    Below were all 50 finalists and the top 8 in MnDOT’s 2020-21 Name a Snowplow contest with the number of votes each name received.

    The top 8 winners were:

    • 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

    Finalists

    Snowplow name Number of votes
    Ain’t Snow Stopping Us Now 7,969
    Babe the Orange Plow 7,266
    Blizzard Blaster 6,273
    Blizzard of Oz 12,665
    Blizzard Wizard 8,364
    Buzz Iceclear 11,079
    C-3PSnow 13,124
    Cold Enough for Ya? 4,719
    Darth Blader 20,344
    Dontcha Snow 13,736
    Duck Duck Orange Truck 25,824
    Edward Blizzardhands 13,381
    F. Salt Fitzgerald 20,699
    Fast and the Flurry Less 6,284
    Flake Superior 7,671
    For Your Ice Only 7,837
    Frostbite 4,045
    Frosty the Snowplow 9,108
    Giiwedin (Ojibwe word for ‘north wind’) 16,041
    Goldy Snow-pher 5,645
    Ičamna (Dakota word for ‘blizzard’) 14,264
    Joe Plow-er 5,958
    Justin Moresnow 6,676
    Kent Brrr-bek 5,955
    King of the North 8,099
    Lake SnowBeGone 8,061
    Live, Laugh, Plow 8,378
    L'Plow du Nord 12,237
    Luke Snowalker 8,098
    Mary Tyler More Snow 6,306
    Minnesota nICE 9,003
    No Business Like Snow Business 4,990
    Oh Snow You Didn't! 9,518
    Ope, Just Gonna Plow Right Past Ya 29,457
    Plow Bunyan 22,016
    Plowabunga! 11,226
    Plowin' in the Wind 4,803
    Plowy McPlowFace 65,292
    Princess Kay of the Snowy Way 5,075
    Purple Snow 8,829
    Raspberry Brrr-et 11,465
    Road Carew 6,621
    Sir Plows A Lot 16,212
    Snow Place like Home 4,346
    Snowbi Wan Kenobi 21,568
    Spirit of ‘91 9,338
    Tator Tot Hotdish 10,554
    The Truck Formerly Known as Plow 17,549
    The Winterstate 4,135

    Note: Individuals were able to vote for up to eight choices, so the final tallies will differ from the overall number of votes. There were a total of 122,435 unique voters.