Name That Plow Contest Calls on Colorado Kids

CDOT is asking Colorado elementary schools students to get create and name 20 new trucks in the Name That Plow Contest. We think Colorado Springs kids are up the challenge.

Colorado’s snowplows need names, and it’s up to Colorado kids to come up with the creative monikers. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) launched the Name That Plow Contest early in March, asking elementary school students to submit their favorite ideas for 20 new snowplows joining the fleet statewide. One of those will be assigned to a CDOT maintenance patrol in Colorado Springs.

The submission deadline is March 26, 2021. Winners will be announced in early May. The names will be stickered onto the plow trucks, and kids can track the winners at work on a map at 

The rules are simple: 

• Contest is open to K-5 students.

• Parental permission is required.

• Names are limited to one or two words.

• Plow names can’t include the child’s name.

• No profanity or inappropriate language.

Colorado snowplow
Name that plow. Photo courtesy of CDOT.

Naming options are endless. Gov. Jared Polis kicked off the contest, unveiling the state’s first officially named plow: Unsinkable Molly. History buffs will immediately recognize the nod to the Unsinkable Molly Brown, the Denver human-rights activist and philanthropist who became wealthy through Colorado’s mining boom and who later survived the Titanic tragedy. 

CDOT offers Iceman, Snowball and Frosty as other examples. But we know Colorado kids can do better than that. We think Colorado Springs students can honor Olympic City USA and the Pikes Peak region with some inspiring ideas. Our starter suggestions?

• Pikes Plower

• General Plowmer 

• Miracle on Ice

Use them if you want; they’re free for the taking. But we’re sure the kids have plenty of great ideas of their own. Either way, it’s a fun way to honor the unsung heroes keeping our roads open and safe in treacherous winter weather. 

Get details and enter the Name That Plow Contest at

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Jeremy Jones
Jeremy Jones is Springs’ co-founder, editorial director and chief outdoor officer. He loves building community by telling stories about all the people, places and culture that make Colorado Springs an amazing place to live. And he’s especially stoked when exploring new places in the Springs, Colorado and beyond. Watch for him hiking, running or mountain biking the local trails with his wife and kids.

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