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Allen, Defiance County employees take home roadeo honors
Cory Rawson High School wins paint the plow contest
LIMA (Wednesday, May 17, 2017) – Employees in the Allen and Defiance County Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 1 garages were named the winners Tuesday in the ODOT District 1 truck and loader roadeo held in Lima.
District 1 encompasses Allen, Defiance, Hancock, Hardin, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert and Wyandot counties.
Winners from Tuesday’s ODOT District 1 truck and loader roadeo are (from left) Chris Miles, Defiance County, first place in loader; Chad Pugh, Paulding County, second place in loader; Dylan Neff, Wyandot County, second place in truck; and Clint Dickrede, Allen County, first place in truck. The four will compete in the ODOT statewide competition in August.
Winning the truck competition was Clint Dickrede of the Allen County garage with a score of 1,905 out of a possible 2,300. Finishing second behind Dickrede was Dylan Neff of Wyandot County with a score of 1,880. In third place was Steve Waldick of the Paulding County garage.
The loader competition was won by Chris Miles of the Defiance County garage who scored 2,230 out of a possible 2,300. Chad Pugh of the Paulding County garage finished second with a score of 2,180. Alan Taylor of the Wyandot County garage finished in third place.
The district team champion award was won by the Paulding County garage. This is given to the work unit which finished with the top-two scores in both the truck and loader competition.
The top-two finishers in the district competition in both the truck and loader event will go on to compete against their coworkers in the statewide competition which will be held in Columbus in August.
For both Dickrede and Miles, it will be their first trip to the state roadeo.
“Honestly, I didn’t think I did that well,” said Dickrede, who has worked for ODOT for three years. He’s looking forward to competing in the statewide competition. “I’ll give it a go,” he said.
For Miles, who has worked for ODOT for 12 years, the state competition means continuing what he told others to do during the district competition. “Try to keep relaxed,” he said.
Also announced at the roadeo was this year’s paint the plow winner, which was Cory-Rawson High School of Hancock County. Paint the plow is a contest which asks area high schools to paint an ODOT plow with their message of school spirit, safety, patriotism or Ohio pride. There were 12 schools from ODOT District 1’s eight-county region participating this year. An entry from each participating district county was chosen to go forward to the final round of judging.
Photos of the entries in this year’s paint the plow contest are posted on the ODOT District 1 Facebook page:
“The roadeo serves an important function in allowing our drivers to operate equipment in a competitive environment and then carry those skills into the work they do every day,” said Kirk Slusher, ODOT District 1 deputy director.
The roadeo is a friendly competition which pits equipment operators against one another to test their skill in maneuvering equipment through a series of obstacles intended to mimic situations they encounter on the job. Participants are also required to find deliberately-placed mechanical bugs on equipment as part of the pre-trip inspection portion of the competition. The competition also included a test of the rules and laws pertaining to holders of a commercial driver’s license (CDL).
All highway technicians for ODOT are required to retain a CDL.

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