How many longtime residents remember when Moab won first place in a Most Scenic Dump competition?
Joe Kingsley – who was the totally unbiased judge of the contest – forwarded us an email he recently sent to Pat Branson, the mayor of Kodiak, Alaska, regarding the contest.
Hello Mayor Pat Branson
We recently found the video of the most scenic dump contest and posted it on Facebook on my timeline Joe Kingsley Moab. I do not know if you knew that Kodiak won sister city status in the competition! Over a hundred cities around the world joined the competition. And because I was the judge, I told all applicants that Moab is first place and the second place(tie) would be selected. Your Mayor at the time flew to Moab to get the prize and attended the ceremony celebrating the conclusion of the competition, which was covered by all the networks! I am sorry, but I do not remember his name. As I recall this was in 1986-87, approximately thirty-two year anniversary!
Tonka Toys made a special garbage truck, chrome on a fancy wooden stand as the trophy which your Mayor at that time received!
Kingsley to Branson, in an email sent Sunday, June 15
In the four days, this video has been posted, it has gotten 1.75k views! In as much that Kodiak is our sister city in this event, we felt that you should know what is going on in that great memory!
Branson sent the following in reply to Kingsley’s email the next morning:
Thank you Joe for this dump update. I do remember our certification in the most scenic dump category and one Kodiak still celebrates and talks about. I will pass this anniversary word on to community residents as a reminder that I am sure we still have the most scenic dump-maybe even outdoing Moab.Branson to Kingsley, in an email reply to Kingsley, sent Monday, June 16
The contest was covered by all of the major television networks in existence 32 years ago. Below is a video of CBS’ coverage, shared by Kingsley on Facebook.
If you are unable to access the above video, use the following link: https://www.facebook.com/moabking/videos/10156875126791998/.