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Mississippi DOT District 7 Equipment Operators Roadeo Winners Announced

From left to right: Lowboy winners Fdaran Thompson, Eric Gant, and Charles McDaniel.
From left to right: Lowboy winners Fdaran Thompson, Eric Gant, and Charles McDaniel.
From left to right: Motor Grader winners William Fulgham and Allen Stewart.
From left to right: Motor Grader winners William Fulgham and Allen Stewart.
From left to right: Single Axle Dump winners Cory Beadles, Caleb Touchstone, and Coly Smith.
From left to right: Single Axle Dump winners Cory Beadles, Caleb Touchstone, and Coly Smith.
From left to right: Tandem Axle Dump winners Allen Stewart, Caleb Touchstone, and William Fulgham.
From left to right: Tandem Axle Dump winners Allen Stewart, Caleb Touchstone, and William Fulgham.
From left to right: Backhoe winners Fdaran Thompson, Caleb Touchstone, and William Fulgham.
From left to right: Backhoe winners Fdaran Thompson, Caleb Touchstone, and William Fulgham.
From left to right: Bushhog winners Bobby Wayne Johnson and Fayette Johnson.
From left to right: Bushhog winners Bobby Wayne Johnson and Fayette Johnson.
MCCOMB, MS — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) recently held its annual District Equipment Operators Roadeo for District 7 in McComb, Mississippi.

MDOT’s Roadeos provide employees with an opportunity to sharpen their skills of vehicle handling, trailer maneuvering, and heavy equipment precision. Operators are able to improve their techniques and learn new skills while engaging in a competition. The event and judging criteria provide feedback and let operators evaluate their strengths and challenges.

“At MDOT the goal has always been and always will be improving safety, and this competition allows our men and women to sharpen the skills they use while working on Mississippi’s highways,” said Commissioner Tom King, Southern Transportation District. “The skills and techniques they use throughout these Roadeos can help improve the work they do on a regular basis.”

District 7 events and winners are:

  • Lowboy: Fdaran Thompson, first place; Eric Gant, second place; Charles McDaniel, third place.
  • Single Axle Dump: Cory Beadles, first place; Caleb Touchstone, second place; Coly Smith, third place.
  • Tandem Axle Dump: Allen Stewart, first place; Caleb Touchstone, second place; William Fulgham, third place.
  • Backhoe: Fdaran Thompson, first place; Caleb Touchstone, second place; William Fulgham, third place.
  • Motor Grader: Jason Moak, first place; William Fulgham, second place; Allen Stewart, third place.
  • Bushhog: Bobby Wayne Johnson, first place; Fayette Johnson, second place; William Taylor, third place.

The top winners from each event advanced to the state finals in June. At the state competition, winners from all six districts will compete and a state champion will be crowned.

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