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NCDOT Equipment Operators' Roadeo set for Aug. 15 at State Fairgrounds

RALEIGH - The best heavy equipment operators in the N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will square off on August 15 at the State Fairgrounds for the annual Equipment Operators Roadeo.

The winners from local roadeos held earlier this year in each of the 14 NCDOT highway divisions across the state will gather in Raleigh to showcase their individual skills in heavy equipment operation.

Six obstacles will be set up to test their skills in operation of single axle, tandem axle and lowboy trucks, as well as motor graders, backhoes and tractors. Competitors will be tested on backing, maneuvering around those obstacles, as well as locating safety defects, and other situations which reflect their daily challenges. The event focuses on safe and skillful operation of equipment, while helping boost morale among the contestants as they engage in friendly competition with co-workers from across the state.

Winners of this event will represent North Carolina in the Southeastern Regional competition, which will be held in West Virginia later this year. NCDOT won one individual title in last year's regional event in Asheville, and finished fourth overall behind Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi.

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2/15/2018 5:25 PM

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