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ABC Keystone Holds Annual Rodeo

Fri October 07, 2011 - Northeast Edition
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There were plenty of activities for young, aspiring construction enthusiasts.
There were plenty of activities for young, aspiring construction enthusiasts.
There were plenty of activities for young, aspiring construction enthusiasts. There were plenty of activities for young, aspiring construction enthusiasts. Rodeo events included picking up and transferring eggs with a backhoe, driving a skid steer through an obstacle course, putting a ball into a barrel with a crane, among others. A JCB Dancing Digger performs for the crowd. An interactive family safety area featured a smoke trailer and fire extinguisher training. Family-friendly activities abounded during ABC Keystone’s recent construction rodeo in Manheim, Pa. Family-friendly activities abounded during ABC Keystone’s recent construction rodeo in Manheim, Pa.

Keystone Chapter, Associated Builders & Contractors Inc. (ABC Keystone) held its 15th annual Construction Rodeo Sept. 25, on the grounds of its facility in Manheim, Pa.

Rodeo events included picking up and transferring eggs with a backhoe, driving a skid steer through an obstacle course, putting a ball into a barrel with a crane, among others.

Other events included:

• A nail driving contest;

• Craft competitions feature apprentices from ABC member companies;

• Kids’ activities, such as an inflatable slide, remote-controlled construction equipment, peg driving competition and more. Junior and senior high school students could participate in a construction obstacle course;

• Interactive family safety area featuring a smoke trailer and fire extinguisher training;

• The “Celebrity Backhoe Competition” featuring local radio and TV personalities, along with state legislators, working a backhoe to complete a task, with a professional coach to guide them; and

• Food was available for a donation to Make-A-Wish at full concession stands; door prizes also were distributed throughout the day.

“Parents bring their children to the rodeo, and everyone has a great time,” said John “Jack” R. Zimmer, CAE, ABC Keystone Chapter president and CEO. “It’s always a fun-filled day, with loads of activities for all ages. The bonus is that this event raises money for two wonderful causes; Make-A-Wish and our own Merit Shop Scholarship Fund.”

Proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which helps terminally ill children realize their dreams, and the Merit Shop Scholarship Fund, which assists students seeking to pursue careers in construction. Total money raised for Make-A-Wish since the first Rodeo in 1996 is more than $338,000. Total money raised for the Merit Shop Scholarship Fund is more than $25,000.