“The Roadeo is an excellent way to encourage our operators to meet the very highest standards in safety as well as reward their good work,” said Commissioner Tom King, Southern Transportation District. “The skills of our operators help keep workers and the traveling public safe. It’s essential we continue to invest in their skills, and the fun and friendly competition the Roadeo provides is one of the best ways to do that.”
Focusing on efficiency and skill, MDOT’s roadeos provide employees with an opportunity to display their mastery of vehicle handling, trailer maneuvering, and heavy equipment precision. The event and judging criteria provide feedback and help operators evaluate their strengths and challenges. Operators improve techniques and learn new skills while engaging in some friendly competition.
District 7 events and winners are as follows:
- Lowboy: First Place - Christopher Ivory; Second Place - Cory G. Beadles; Third Place - Michael C. Jones
- Single-Axle Dump Truck: First Place - Coly S. Smith; Second Place - Jerome “Cole” Coleman; Third Place - Christopher Ivory
- Tandem-Axle Dump Truck: First Place - Coly S. Smith; Second Place - Michael D. “Mike” Pritchett; Third Place - Michael C. Jones
- Backhoe: First Place - Jake Burge; Second Place - Christopher B. Wallace; Third Place - Mark C. Smith
- Motor Grader: First Place - Jason A. Moak; Second Place - William R. “Richie” Fulgham; Third Place - Octavius Saul
- Bushhog: First Place - Steven M. “Steve” Lofton; Second Place - Bobby Wayne “Wayne” Johnson; Third Place - William R. “Taylor” Taylor
The top two winners from each event advance to the state finals. At the state competition, winners from all six districts will compete and a state champion will be crowned.