Roadside Madness - Vote for your favourite Roadside Attraction?

by • March 19, 2015 • Fun & GamesComments (25)34689

Roadside Madness – First round

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…

Roadside Madness - The bracket for the first round.


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Come back to the blog on Monday (March 23) to see the results of the FIRST ROUND and start voting on the SWEET SIXTEEN.

Note: Unfortunately, not all of our roadside attractions made the list as there was only space for 32. If we missed your favourite, please tell us which one it is and why you think it’s the best in the comments. The more stories you share with us about your love for Manitoba’s attractions, the better. Because there’s no such thing as a bad roadside attraction. 

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25 Responses to Roadside Madness – First round

  1. Phil says:

    It’s great that town attractions are being showcased but the contest is unfair to smaller populated towns.
    My son suggested that the voting would have been more fair had people had had to vote for each category rather than just for one.
    Go Jets Go!

    • Kirsten Neil says:

      Hi Phil, You can vote for each pairing in every round. There have been some attractions doing very well in the competition considering their town’s smaller population size. For example, the Smoking Pipe from Saint Claude (pop. 600) almost took out the Coke Can of Portage la Prairie (pop. 13,000). It lost by 14 votes out of a total of 1,994 votes– what a finish that was! I still hope you are enjoying playing the game. 🙂

      And definitely…. GO JETS GO!

  2. Marg kroeker says:

    I meant go tommy

  3. Marg kroeker says:

    gi tommy turtle

  4. Jurgen says:

    Hi – my passion is taking pictures of my motorcycle with roadside attractions. Some of my favourites are listed but I also enjoy those that are privately produced such as the Volkswagen Beetle Spider in the Ste. Rose du Lac area, there is also one in Kenora, ON. Winnipeg as created quite a few new attractions in the last few years. Also enjoy looking for doubles such as bull statues produced from what I believe is the same casting. There are three of these in the Ste. Rose du Lac area, two in the Brandon area and one in Grunthal. Will have to keep looking must be more out there. My story.

    • Kirsten Neil says:

      That’s a wonderful way to tour the province, Jurgen. Hope you have another successful year searching out roadside attractions on your motorcycle.

  5. WD says:

    King Buck @ Poplarfield; Rose @ Roseisle; Sharptail Grouse @ Ashern; here’s a link to a bunch more must-see rural MB statues

  6. Jamie Davis says:

    The Melita Banana!

  7. Jason says:

    wheres our national bird?… the Giant Mosquito in Komarno!!!

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