ALBEMARLE – The N.C. Department of Transportation held its annual “Equipment Roadeo" at the Stanly County Agri-Civic Center in Albemarle on April 19, giving employees an opportunity to take part in a friendly competition of skill and accuracy.
Employees from Anson, Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, Stanly, Union counties maneuvered heavy equipment through several obstacle courses requiring precision, such as safely parallel parking a dump truck, or using the bucket of a backhoe to accurately drop a golf ball into cylinders of various sizes.
The overall goals of the Roadeo include helping NCDOT employees advance their skills with emphasis on safety when operating these machines. The competition also fosters team spirit, recognizing employees who excel at their jobs.
The winners from each event will represent Division 10 at the State Roadeo in Raleigh on June 21:
Lowboy Truck Exercise: Jeff Foreman
Single Axle Truck Exercise: Kevin Gathings, Anson Maintenance
Motor Grader Truck Exercise: Josh Eudy, Union Maintenance
Tractor- Mower Exercise: Ryan Bowers, Roadside Environmental
Backhoe Exercise: Cody Stegall, Cabarrus Maintenance
Tandem Axle Truck Exercise: Will Davidson, Union Bridge
Boom Truck Exercise: Mark Hildreth, Anson Bridge