|Dave Ross (right), Ken Schram (middle), and Alaskan
Way Viaduct |
Replacement Program Administrator Linea Laird (left) made up the
judging panel for the “One Last Shot” viaduct contest
Excitement was in the air as Dave Ross, Seattle’s KIRO-FM radio talk show host, and Ken Schram, KOMO Newsradio host, joined Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program Administrator Linea Laird to decide who was going to win a rare opportunity to spend 30 minutes on a vacant Alaskan Way Viaduct during the structure’s nine-day closure.
The panel of judges immediately set to work reading through the top 15 submissions, out of nearly 600 submitted to the program. What were they looking for when selecting a winner? They wanted to find the ultimate idea that was creative and unique, fun and family-friendly, and significant for the entrant and our city.
Of course, a lot of contest entries fit perfectly into these categories, but didn’t make it into the top list because they weren’t feasible. Some of the favorites – rolling down the viaduct in the P.I. Globe, making the world’s longest slip-and-slide, setting up a drive-in movie for the waterfront, hosting an Oktoberfest party, competing in an ultimate dodgeball contest, and having a campout to roast marshmallows, to name a few.
With an incredible assortment of entries, debate between the judges broke out immediately. Should we pick the proposal to fly stunt kites, set up model trains, or organize a flash mob? How about the ideas to host a prom, choreograph a Bollywood film, paint a huge mural, or set a world record for the most espresso shots produced? The judges pointed out that they didn’t want to pick an idea that was “Seattle safe.” The contestant field was narrowed down to two without a clear winner. Ultimately, the judges came to a solution - select two winners!
|The Rat City Rollergirls bout at Key Arena|
|Dave Eady (center bottom row) and his fellow|
Cossacks perform motorcycle stunts in Seattle
Both of the winning groups are homegrown locals who represent the unique flavor of Seattle. Following their 30 minutes, they will help kick off a viaduct demolition celebration event by performing on the SR 99 off-ramp at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22.
Want to know about some of the “One Last Shot” entries that didn’t win? The nearly 600 submissions included:
- Love is in the air in Seattle – 24 proposals, weddings, and anniversaries
- Celebrating in style – 19 birthdays and parties
- The city’s got a vibrant music scene – 29 bands to perform, including many songs written about the viaduct
- Seattle’s got moves – 29 dance groups
- City Iconography – 66 photo shoots