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APWA Hosts 33rd Annual Backhoe Rodeo in Charleston

Fri July 14, 2017 - Southeast Edition #15
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Michael Bollinger, city of West Columbia, shows off his winning operator skills by picking up an egg.
Michael Bollinger, city of West Columbia, shows off his winning operator skills by picking up an egg.
Michael Bollinger, city of West Columbia, shows off his winning operator skills by picking up an egg. The state finalists in front of the JCB 3CX backhoe (L-R) are Josh Hyder, Greenville County; Bobby Hucherson, Spartanburg County; Thomas Nophsker, town of Surfside; Willie Myers, town of Surfside; Kevin Brown, Charleston County; Wade Wilder, Georgetown County; Michael Bollinger, city of West Columbia; Jamie Mack, Lexington County; and Matthew Bishop, Charleston County and 2016 state champion.  
Kevin Brown, Charleston County, previews the “pin drop” segment of the competition. (L-R): Michael Gilmartin and Billy Wall, both of Company Wrench, the JCB Dealer of North and South Carolina, stand with Michael Bollinger, first place winner; Matthew Bishop, second place winner; Tom Nophsker, third place winner and Colin Thain, also of Company Wrench.
Wade Wilder, Georgetown County, maneuvers the pin to set in the top of the traffic cone during the “pin drop” competition. Matthew Bishop, Charleston County, second place finisher, competes in the tennis ball segment of the competition. Tom Nophsker, town of Surfside, knocked all four tennis balls into the bucket on his first attempt, and secured a third place finish. (L-R) are Michael Gilmartin, Billy Wall and Colin Thain, all of Company Wrench.

The 2017, 33rd annual APWA Summer Conference — South Carolina state backhoe rodeo was held on July 11 in Charleston, S.C.

In the Upstate, Pee Dee, Lowcountry and Midlands areas of South Carolina, four regional competitions were held, and the top two finishers were invited to the state championships. Company Wrench, the JCB dealer of North and South Carolina, provided the JCB backhoe for the event.




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