The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) saluted National Transportation Week by holding its State Roadeo Competition at the fairgrounds in Jackson and for the third consecutive year, District 1, Tupelo won.
This marked the sixth year for the Roadeo, which included six categories. They were: lowboy truck and trailer, single-axle dump truck with utility trailer, backhoe, tandem axle dump truck, tractor bushhog and motorgrader.
Although National Transportation Week was celebrated May 11 to 17, MDOT held the Roadeo May 28.
“In the Roadeo, MDOT’s heavy-equipment operators compete against one another for state championship titles. The competition promotes skill advancement as well as boosts the morale of the operators,” said MDOT Executive Director Larry Brown.
MDOT has six districts in Mississippi. They include: District 1, Tupelo; District 2, Batesville; District 3, Yazoo City; District 5, Newton; District 6, Hattiesburg and the Gulf Coast and District 7, McComb. There is no District 4.
Each district held a regional Roadeo and sent its finalists to the state competition. The winning team received a traveling gold cup with a plaque and was recognized at the Roadeo. Individual winners also were recognized.
To win the team championship, districts could score a maximum of 60 points, totaled from all of the competitions. District 1 received 54 points, District 2 earned 47 points and District 6 scored 45 points. This marks the third year Tupelo has won the championship.
Several categories are ties for the various places.