JACKSON, KY – The crew from the Estill County Kentucky Department of Highways maintenance garage was going for its third consecutive team championship in the annual District 10 Equipment Roadeo. Magoffin County, which has won five of the previous eight championships including four straight from 2008-2011, was looking to reclaim the top spot.
In the end, the team from Magoffin County proved victorious, denying Estill the “three-peat” and winning the championship in the ninth annual District 10 Roadeo, held June 4 at the district’s equipment garage in Beattyville.
Chuck Ward from Magoffin County won the overall individual championship, and individual event winners hailed from Owsley, Lee, Estill and Powell counties. Three of last year’s individual winners successfully defended their championships.
The annual Roadeo brings equipment operators from the district’s county garages together for a day of friendly competition and fellowship. The event allows equipment operators from the district’s county crews to show their skills in operating the equipment they use to maintain state highways in the district. The obstacle courses simulate actual situations equipment operators may encounter in the performance of their duties.
Individual event winners were:
• Backhoe: Greg Arvin, Estill County, first place; Pat Graham, Powell County, second place. These two competitors also finished first and second last year.
• Snowplow obstacle course: Richard Mazurek, Owsley County, first place; Robert Riddell, Estill County, second place. Mazurek won this event last year.
• Tractor with bush hog: Raymond Morris, Lee County, first place; Matt Kirby, Estill County, second place. Morris was the defending champion from last year.
• Grader: Pat Graham, Powell County, first place; Raymond Morris, Lee County, second place.
The individual equipment operating contest winners and runners-up will advance to a statewide competition against participants from the other 11 highway districts across Kentucky, to be held later this year.
"Operating the equipment necessary to maintain our highways year-round, and to keep them clear of snow and ice in the winter, takes a lot of skill and knowledge. The Roadeo gives our employees a chance to show off their abilities,” said Corbett Caudill, chief district engineer. “This event also gives our employees from our county garages, who don’t get to have much interaction with other crews on a regular basis, a chance to know that they are all part of one team and that we appreciate all of them for their effort and hard work."
District 10 encompasses the counties of Breathitt, Estill, Lee, Magoffin, Menifee, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Powell and Wolfe in east-central and southeastern Kentucky.
From HB Elkins
Kentucky Department of Highways