Wisconsin: The Mitten State?

Wisconsin: The Mitten State?

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We posted this a tweet yesterday with this image, saying ” I guess we should clarify – we think the only Awesome Mitten is Michigan. Apparently Wisconsin thinks its a mitten too?”

For the chance to win a pair of Michigan Mittens, check out our post 6 Reasons Why Wisconsin Should Not Be Calling Themselves a “Mitten”.

Well apparently you all are just as confused as we were! Check out some of the press below.

MLive: Wisconsin’s Use of the Mitten to Promote Winter Tourism a Real Stretch, Michigan Fans Say

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin Mitten Rubs Michigan the Wrong Way

Click on Detroit: Mitten envy? Wis. promotion draws note in Mich.

Channel 7 (Detroit): The “mitten state” battle: Michigan vs. Wisconsin

WKBT:LaCrosse:  Mitten envy? Wisconsin promotion draws note in Michigan

Twin Cities Pioneer Press: Mitten envy? Wisconsin promotion draws attention in Michigan

Huffington Post: Mitten State: Michigan Nickname Used In Wisconsin Tourism Campaign

AV Club MilwaukWisconsin braces itself for “Mittengate,” still can’t think of its own tourism ideas

 Detroit Free Press: Battle of the mittens: Is Wisconsin infringing on Michigan’s mitten rights with new tourism campaign?

 The Republic: Mitten envy? Use of image in Wisconsin tourism promotion efforts draws attention in Michigan

 Detroit News: Thumbs down? Wisconsin promotion leads to mitten contest with Michigan

Kare 11: Wisconsin, Michigan engaged in mitten battle

 Lansing State Journal: Mittengate: Social media campaign demands Wisconsin keep its hands off our mittens 

Gawker: Dumbest War Ever Erupts Over Which State Looks Most Like a Mitten

 USA Today: Michigan gives thumbs down to Wisconsin’s mitten travel campaign 

The Examiner: Mittengate – Wisconsin adopts mangled hand logo

 CBC: Which state looks more like a mitten: Michigan or Wisconsin? 

Chicago Tribune: Hand-to-hand combat 

 WGN Talk Radio (Chicago) – Alex Beaton, The Awesome Mitten vs Stephanie Klett, Travel Wisconsin


The Awesome Mitten was born when I moved back to Michigan from Nashville, TN in September 2010. Almost immediately, I became frustrated. I couldn’t figure out why there weren’t more Michigan residents singing our states praises! I was so irritated, I wrote a Letter to the Editor. Three weeks later, I had started a Facebook page, a Twitter account, and a landing page for the website, determined to do something to make Michigan residents aware of all the cool things going on in their own state. Email me: alex@awesomemitten.com