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Hardin County ODOT Employee Wins State Roadeo
Paulding County’s Leon Goyings finishes second
LIMA (Tuesday, September 17, 2013) Chris Vermillion of Alger took first place and Leon Goyings of Paulding took second in the loader event at the Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) Director’s Cup Truck and Loader Roadeo held last week in Columbus.
The two competed against ODOT employees from each of the 12 ODOT districts who earned the right to compete in the statewide event after having placed first or second in their individual roadeos earlier this year.
Vermillion and Goyings represented ODOT District 1 which encompasses Allen, Defiance, Hancock, Hardin, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert and Wyandot counties.
Vermillion had placed third in the district event, but agreed to compete when the district’s second place finisher was unable to attend.
“I was really surprised,” said Vermillion about his win, and admitted to being nervous before his run. As a member of his local tractor pulling association, Vermillion said it’s good to be nervous before a performance. “If you’re not nervous you’re not doing what you care about,” he said.
Vermillion finished with a score of 2,485 points out of a possible 3,025 while Goyings finished with 2,400.
Competing in the truck event were Hancock County ODOT employees Frank Daley of Findlay and Tom Mellinger of Arcadia who both had good finishes. The two tied for third place but Daley logged a faster time running the course which put him in third alone. Both scored 2,255 points out of a possible 2,875.
“Our district competitors are perennial top finishers, so we’re not surprised when they compete this well,” said Kirk Slusher, Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 deputy director. “Our employees demonstrate their abilities in a number of ways each day, but the roadeo is certainly an opportunity to showcase what sets them apart,” he said.

Vermillion, Goyings and Daley will compete today in the American Public Works Association national equipment roadeo in Columbus.
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.
Ohio’s highways are essential to keeping and creating new jobs. With a mission to provide easy movement of people and goods from place to place, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is responsible for maintaining one of the largest transportation networks in the nation. Guided by ethical principles and accountability, ODOT works to improve safety, enhance travel and advance economic development. As a $2.8 billion enterprise, the department wisely invests in its core services of snow and ice removal, annual construction program and highway maintenance operations.
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