Four years ago, the annual Name the Snowplow Contest was created by the South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) to engage people across the state in winter driving safety awareness and preparedness. The SDDOT encourages travelers to use SD511 resources to make informed travel decisions during winter weather.

When the fourth annual snowplow naming contest ended on Nov. 30, 2023, over 650 entries had been submitted by individuals, families, classrooms, senior living centers, and businesses across the state. SDDOT staff then voted on the submissions.

Some of the winners are for the Mitchell area: Plow Bunyan, and for the Huron area: Saltosaurus Rex

Additional information, including the names of those who provided the winning submission by area, is available on the SDDOT contest website at In January, the contest winners will officially meet and take photos with their locally named snowplow. Photos and local stories will also be shared on the SDDOT contest page.

2023-24 Named Snowplows:
Aberdeen Area:  Snow Boss
Belle Fourche Area:  Not my First Snowdeo
Custer Area:  Snow-key the Bear
Huron Area:  Saltosaurus Rex
Mitchell Area:  Plow Bunyan
Mobridge Area:  Snow Crusher
Pierre Area:  Blade of Glory
Rapid City Area:  Scoop! There it is!
Sioux Falls Area:  South-Da-Snow-Ta
Watertown Area:  Frostimus Prime
Winner Area:  Clearapathera
Yankton Area:  Salt, Rattle, & Roll