LIMA — Mercer County Engineers Office employees participated in a regional Snow Plow Rodeo on Nov. 20 at the Allen County Fairgrounds in Lima.
Every other year, Mercer County Engineer snow and ice control crews participate with their counterparts from Allen and Auglaize counties in competitions testing their skills against others in their profession. The activity allows the crews to network with others in the region about snow and ice control and other county engineer work efforts.
This year the Mercer County A team — comprised of Tony Knapke, Todd Freeman, Darren Porter and Mike Steinlage — came in first. The Mercer County B team — made up of Dusty Messner, Gary Schaublin, Gary Kuhn and Dick Gray — came in second.
In the individual competitions, Mike Steinlage placed first in backhoe and Dusty Messner placed second in snow plow driving.
“Part of the day involves competition and displaying individual skills in snow and ice control, as well as other equipment operation,” Mercer County Engineer Jim Wiechart said. “Another part of the day involves a training and safety program. I think the most important part of the day for the guys is the ability to communicate and share what is working and what is not working in their operations with others in the region. It is important to recognize the success our folks had in this competition and it demonstrates their skills and abilities in operating equipment.”