April 14, 2010

A Tribute to Town Mascots (Penguins Not Included)

Posted in musings, photos tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 10:01 am by silversprung

I received an inordinate amount of feedback on my post about Silver Spring’s penguin mascot.  (To readers in far away places — see what I mean? I even managed to humor a seasoned local blogger with my naivete on penguins. I’m just happy he’s reading.)

So I decided to dedicate today’s post to all the other town mascots out there in North America (I’m not even going to start on all those UK soccer mascots, there’s one for every single team and town.) So bring us your weird, your senseless, your disturbing.

See photos below (and yes, it was fun collecting these.)

Bow Island, Alberta’s Pinto MacBean

“Designed by Jane Osborne and unveiled to the public in 1992, Pinto MacBean was created to promote tourism and signifies the importance of the dry edible bean industry to the area.”

Um, okay. Regardless, I want to own this printed on a t-shirt. (Note: contact Bow Island tourism board.)

Fossil, Oregon’s Woolly Mammoth. I particularly like the sign, you know, just in case you didn’t know what the hell was going on.

Los Gatos, California’s practical choice

The Kensington Giraffe of Great Neck, New York

Dolly Wally the Walleye Fish of High Prairie, Alberta (again with Alberta?)

Essex Ed the Groundhog of Essex, Connecticut

Mercer, Wisconsin’s Claire de Loon loon

Beaver, Washington’s Beaver

And last but not least…

Mount Horeb Wisconsin’s mascot, Jorgen the Troll. Mount Horeb bills itself as “The Troll Capital of the World.” The Chamber of Commerce website address is: http://www.trollway.com/ I’m not kidding.

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1 Comment »

  1. Terry in Silver Spring said,

    Feh on all of them! None is as cute nor as quirky as our beloved penguin.


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