A popular snowmobiling contest Flin Flon won provincial and regional honours in last year is back for another season.
This year’s edition of the Sledtown Showdown, organized by SnoRiders magazine, began Dec. 2. The competition is organized as an online fan vote bracket, allowing people to vote for their hometowns or favourite destinations out of 16 communities in each western Canadian province. Up for grabs is a trophy from SnoRiders and a series of feature articles in the magazine, to be published throughout 2020.
Last year, Flin Flon received the most votes of any Manitoba destination, winning the provincial bracket and defeating the community with the most votes in Saskatchewan. Flin Flon came only a few dozen votes short of winning the western Canadian title in the competition.
In the first round of this year’s showdown, Flin Flon is pitted against Russell and area - a poll that, as of Dec. 9, Flin Flon was winning with a whopping 94 per cent of the vote, 346 in total. Flin Flon currently sports more than twice as many votes for it than any other poll has total votes cast.
Other northern Manitoba locales include Snow Lake (facing Lac du Bonnet), The Pas (up against Powerview-Pine Falls) and Thompson (pitted against Fisher Branch). All four towns are ahead in their ballot, as of Dec. 9. Snow Lake had 70 per cent of their poll as of Dec. 9, while The Pas had 66 per cent of their vote. Thompson had 76 per cent of their vote.
The first round of voting ends Dec. 15. Interested people can cast their ballot by going to snoriderswest.com.