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Manitoba claims national Slurpee prize again

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This article was published 4/7/2011 (2183 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

We’re still #1.

Convenience chain king 7-Eleven crowned Manitoba the Slurpee Capital of the World, for the 12th year in a row Monday.

Three-year-old Mason Volkart (left) and his sister Calla, 5, enjoy a Slurpee from the 7-Eleven on Henderson Highway Monday afternoon. Manitoba has once again been crowned the Slurpee Capital of the World, the 12th consecutive year the province  has clinched the title.

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Three-year-old Mason Volkart (left) and his sister Calla, 5, enjoy a Slurpee from the 7-Eleven on Henderson Highway Monday afternoon. Manitoba has once again been crowned the Slurpee Capital of the World, the 12th consecutive year the province has clinched the title.

Winnipeg is often called the Slurpee capital. In fact, it’s Manitoba.

Corporate bosses at Slurpee’s 7-11 head office presented a Slurpee trophy cup to Winnipeg’s Mayor Sam Katz in 2009, to mark the 10th year we’d drunk our way to the title.

There’s no fanfare this year, although a corporate spokeswoman praised Winnipeg and Manitoba for our love affair with the cold sugary beverage.

Next Monday, the convenience store chain will be giving away free small Slurpees for fans across Canada — 1,000 small Slurpees per store. The giveaway marks the 42nd anniversary of the introduction of the Slurpee to Canada.

"The giveaway is one of the largest single-day product giveaways in the country – each 7-Eleven store will be handing out 1,000 free 7.11 ounce Slurpee drinks," 7-Eleven said in an announcement.

In Winnipeg there are 40 stores, which means 40,000 free Slurpee drinks are up for grabs July 11.

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