Department of Highways, District 10
District 10 Employees Participate in First-Ever Equipment Roadeo
JACKSON, KY. – (Sept. 18, 2006) -- Employees from all 10 counties in the Department of Highways District 10 got together at the district's equipment garage in Beattyville on Thursday, Sept. 14 for friendly competition, fun and fellowship at the district's first-ever Equipment Roadeo.
Overcast skies and intermittent drizzle did not dampen the enthusiasm of the participants. Equipment operators from Breathitt, Estill, Lee, Magoffin, Menifee, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Powell and Wolfe counties got to show their skills in operating snowplows, backhoes and tandem trucks with trailers. The obstacle courses simulated actual situations equipment operators may encounter in the performance of their duties.
The Equipment Roadeo signifies the unofficial beginning of snow and ice removal season and is intended to reinforce the importance of this aspect of highway maintenance.
"Our main priority is to keep highways safe and passable," said Tony Bowling, the district's operations manager, who is responsible for overseeing maintenance functions in all 10 counties. "By bringing crews from all our counties together for some friendly competition, we can stress the concept that we are all a team working together to keep the district's highways clear this winter."
- Backhoe, Greg Arvin, Estill County
- Snowplow, L.C. Moore, Lee County
- Alley Dock (truck with trailer), Dennie Hensley, Magoffin County
- Overall individual, Kevin McIntosh, Lee County
- Overall team, Magoffin County
These winners will advance to a statewide competition to be held Oct. 5 at Kentucky Speedway.
Basketball shooting and horseshoe pitching contests were also held for contestants to pass time while waiting to compete in the official Roadeo events. Winners were Mike Riley from Breathitt County in basketball and the team of Keith Hammonds from Morgan County and Steve Watts from Breathitt County in horseshoes.
"Other districts have been holding these competitions for several years, but this was our first time and we had a great event," said Linda Wagner-Justice, chief district engineer. "This type of event helps show just how much knowledge and skill are needed to operate equipment and keep our roads in good repair. Snow and ice season sometimes tests our abilities and limits, and it's good to see that we have employees who are up to the challenge. It's also important for our employees in distant crews, who may not get to have much interaction on a regular basis, to know that they are all part of one team and that we appreciate all of them for their effort and hard work."
Keith Hammonds and Steve Watts
(All trophies presented by Gary Angel, Beattyville Equipment Garage supervisor)