The votes are in and the winner of Roadside Madness is Flintabbatey Flonatin!!! Maybe it’s fitting that the only place in Canada named after a science fiction character who discovered streets of gold is the one that actually takes home the gold. Continue ReadingRead More »
And so we’ve come to the final stretch of Roadside Madness. Today you choose which roadside beauty is going to be named the ultimate attraction to pass by while taking a Manitoba road trip.
This week has seen a whirlwind of activity. There have been clear cut winners in each round and a few intense showdowns (we’re looking at you Coke Can vs. Smoking Pipe). And we’ve seen a Cinderella story emerge in the WILD. Sara the Camel, an animal that doesn’t even come from anywhere near Canada, let alone Manitoba, has outlasted every beast that’s been thrown at her and come up smiling (and probably spitting too). Really, we should have seen this coming, you can never underestimate the endurance of a camel. Good job, girl! Sara took out all of Manitoba’s natural wildlife animals, and yesterday, she started out slow against a very popular and very Happy Rock, but late in the game she shifted into high gear and left the Rock tumbling in her Spirit Sands dust. He’s not so happy today.
The Viking Ship put up a good fight in the competition, but going against Flintabbatey was like taking on a hurricane without anyone at the helm. The ship hit the hard rocks of Flin Flon, so to speak.
But today, it’s all about Sara the Camel and Flintabbatey! One is a Cinderella story, the other a juggernaut. We’ve got a spitting, battle-worn camel in one corner and a submarine driving prospector in the other. Which one is going to go the distance? Start voting now…Read More »
Oh! Great Odin’s Raven! After yesterday’s vote, New Iceland is now trapped in a glass case of emotion. The mighty Viking got hammered by a submarine driving Flintabbatey and the valiant Viking Ship *almost* got blown off course by a Windmill storm. The ship survived, but barely. It took on a lot of water. We also saw the Cinderella story that is the Camel maul the Polar Bear while the Happy Rock shook that Coke Can until it was flat. All of the races were very close, not a runaway in the bunch. Fantastic job, voters!
As we enter the last couple of days of Roadside Madness, I think we can all agree that we LOVE, LOVE, LOVE our quirky roadside statues. Whether they’re animals, or people, or animals dressed as people, there’s a sweet nostalgic feeling that washes over us as we pass by these characters on the road. (Please drive safe today on those roads!)
The Final Four is a feisty bunch for sure. These “last statues standing” won their bracket and are pumped and ready to wipe the floor with the competition. We have the WILD’s Camel taking on the WACKY’s Happy Rock and the WHO’s Flintabbatey taking on the WILLY-NILLY’S Viking Ship.
So start your voting engines, because these behemoths want—no, NEED—your vote…Read More »
The first few days of Roadside Madness saw all types of results. Who would have thought Chuck the Catfish and Tommy the Turtle would fall so quickly, that the Pumpkin and Mushrooms never really stood a chance, and that the toughest throw down would be between a Coke Can and a Smoking Pipe? (The Pipe fizzled out by only 14 votes!) It’s been an absolute hoot seeing you all stand passionately by your favourites and debating about who’s the fairest attraction of them all.
During yesterday’s battle, the Happy Rock crushed the Banana, the Beaver got chewed out by Flintabbatey, and Camel hoofed the Elk right into the ditch. That Camel has some serious game. We are now getting down to the nitty-gritty, it’s time to decide which character wins their division:
The WILD has the tundra’s popular Polar Bear fighting it out with the desert’s feisty Camel, while the WACKY has the Happy Rock attempting to wave goodbye to the Coke Can. The WHO sees Flintabbatey trying to sink the Viking, while in the WILLY-NILLY division, the Viking Ship’s about to get real by trying to blow the Windmill off the map.
And with that, it’s time to vote…Read More »
Well, the first round of voting in Roadside Madness saw a lot of ups and downs…
The Polar Bear, Happy Rock, Viking and Flintabbatey easily won their pairings, but there were many others in tight races right until the bitter end. The Curling Rock was slightly pushed away from the button by a Smoking Pipe, Chuck the Catfish is now reeling from losing by a whisker to the Elk, and Van Gogh’s Sunflowers slipped up against the mighty Banana.
And in a bizarro twist of the classic Tortoise and the Hare fable, Tommy the Turtle came out of the gates roaring and looked to have an easy win, but Sara the Camel came thundering back and toppled our flag waving friend. The moral of this story: never underestimate the will of the Camelid family.
In all seriousness, our roadside attractions are not only interesting pieces of art dotted along the highways. For some of us, they are beloved symbols of where we are from and where our roots lay. And when it comes right down to it, we aren’t just voting for the cutest, largest, coolest, oddest, we’re voting for the one that means the most to us. The one that tells us we’ve arrived home or waves to us as we pass it by. I know some of you will not be cool with your favourites falling to the wayside (or nearby ditch), but no matter where it ends up in the competition, it will always be #1 in your heart.
Now, are you ready to vote for the Sweet Sixteen? Yes? Good. Vote now…Read More »
The Golden Boy stands proudly atop Manitoba’s Legislative Building, facing north in an eternal pursuit of a more prosperous tomorrow. And now you can bite his head off. Local chocolate maker Constance Menzies and her team at Chocolatier Constance Popp teamed up with artist Denis Duguay to reproduce this provincial icon into a tasty chocolate treat.Read More »
You know them, you love them, you sometimes wonder “What does a Coke Can have to do with Portage la Prairie?” as you drive by them. And now you can vote for them. Welcome to Roadside Madness! Where 32 of Manitoba’s cool and quirky roadside attractions duke it out to be named the last statue standing. Over the next week, we want you to vote and tell us which is your favourite. The competitors have been placed into four brackets:
- The WILD is home to the beasts. It’s where you will see a polar bear try to swat out a swan or a turtle wave his flags in the face of a camel. (Yes, there is a camel on the prairies. Her name is Sara.)
- Then we have the WACKY players. Does this group need much explaining? This is where a Happy Rock from Gladstone (Get it? Get it?) will try to light up a fire hydrant or a Van Gogh painting will attempt to cut the ears off a banana (plot twist: bananas don’t have ears!). Add a smoking pipe trying to HURRY HARD to butt out a curling rock and you definitely know this is one wacky bracket.
- Then you move on to the WHO group. These are the most human-ish characters in the bunch. And a golf ball. This group has two very famous characters (Flintabbatey Flonatin, Gimli Viking) and a Canadian icon in the Mountie. And a golf ball. His name is Gilbert.
- Last, but not least, we have the WILLY-NILLY group. Here you will find a giant pumpkin trying to squash out a windmill while some mushrooms try to go psychedelic on a bouquet of crocuses.
So fasten your seat belts and get ready for the ride…VOTING STARTS NOW…Read More »