Fans were busy scoring a new Brandon Wheat Kings specialty licence plate Monday when they officially went on sale.
Guild Insurance Brokers Inc., located inside Brandon’s Shoppers Mall, had secured about 20 orders for the new plates by Monday afternoon, according to auto broker Bonnie Plett.
"We were expecting it to be busy, and it’s been pretty steady," Plett said.
Fans can now purchase plates at any of the province’s 300 Autopac agents.
Local auto broker Kristie Hamm said the Guild Insurance Brokers location on Victoria Avenue had sold more than 30 Wheat Kings plates by Monday afternoon. She added customers should receive their specialty plate within a week.
"It seems like it’s not just Brandon that’s been ordering them," Hamm said.
Manitoba Public Insurance has yet to inform brokerage firms how many Wheat Kings plates it will be making or if its plans to put a cap on them, Hamm said.
The province announced last week that the Wheat Kings would be getting their own specialty licence plate.
Justice Minister Andrew Swan, who is also the minister responsible for MPI, made it official during a press conference at the Canad Inns.
"The Brandon Wheat Kings are a team with a rich tradition and a rich history," Swan said. "Brandon loves the Wheat Kings, Westman loves the Wheat Kings, Manitoba loves the Wheat Kings."
The plates retail for $70, of which $30 will go toward the Brandon Humane Society.
Brandon Humane Society shelter manager Tracy Munn said she’d like to use the money to save for a new shelter to replace its current cramped quarters on 17th Street East.
The Wheat Kings plates are the 11th specialty plate unveiled by the province, but the first that is Brandon-specific.
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