Hamilton’s hugely popular Name the Plow contest is back for 2024

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Published January 12, 2024 at 1:12 pm

After a snowplow naming contest last year that captured the imagination of the public and honoured a Hamilton music icon, the city’s Name the Plow contest is back in 2024.

More than 26,000 ballots were submitted last year, with Arkells frontman Max Kerman immortalized by a massive margin: the winning entry, with 18,723 votes – more than double all other votes combined – was Max Kermanator.

In second spot was ‘Plowy McPlowface with 2,167 votes, with ‘CTRL-SALT-DELETE’ in third with 1,139.

Also cracking the top ten in 2023 was Clearopathra (868), Icekee Wee Wee (845), The Big Leplowski (664), HAMBONI (630), Betty Whiteout (496), Mr. Plow (403) and Plowasaurus (340).

As the City’s Transportation Division put it in announcing this year’s contest, “snow clearing in Hamilton is serious business, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a bit of fun.”

The Transportation Division, which clears more than 6,518 lane kilometres of roadway, 866 kilometres of sidewalks, 244 kilometres of bike lanes and 2,365 bus stops after each snowfall, is looking to name an additional 10 snow clearing vehicles this winter season and is asking the public’s help in coming up with the “most creative names possible.”

Name ideas cam be submitted from today (January 12) to January 21, with the online vote happening January 22-28 and the winners announced the week of January 29.

To submit an idea, visit Name the Plow Contest

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