More Than 15,000 Attend Quarry Quest in Neenah, Wis.

Mon October 15, 2012 - Midwest Edition
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Miron Construction Co. Inc. supplied all of the cranes so future operators could get lifting experience at Quarry Quest.
Miron Construction Co. Inc. supplied all of the cranes so future operators could get lifting experience at Quarry Quest.
Miron Construction Co. Inc. supplied all of the cranes so future operators could get lifting experience at Quarry Quest. The National Guard held a Pedal Karts Challenge. The Michels Materials Quarry provided a very large sand hill for the youngster to play on. Attendees got a chance to see the quarry from aboard this Cat 740 articulated truck. The Fossil Finds area was co-sponsored by Northeast Asphalt Inc. Quarry Quest 2012 brought in thousands of attendees to the Michels Materials Quarry. Festival Foods’ cart ride was busy all day giving people rides from the perspective of a grocery cart — but just a little bigger. It looks like they found Nemo … the sculpture-in-sand station was sponsored by Michels Corporation. Plenty of Caterpillar excavators were on hand for the kids to run, which were supplied by FABCO Equipment Inc. Children had the opportunity to search for hidden gems in the sand. FABCO Equipment Inc. brought in a Cat 120M AWD motorgrader for attendees to check out. The new 2013 Cat CT660 dump truck got a lot of attention from the attendees at Quarry Quest. American State Equipment co-sponsored the Junior Fossil Finds and it looks like this youngster found a fossil.

More than 15,000 people entered the gates of Michels Materials Limestone Quarry Sept. 15 in Neenah, Wis., to attend the popular family outing “Quarry Quest.”

The event, which required more than 250 businesses and 1,000 volunteers, provided an opportunity to educate attendees about the mining and construction industries, all while raising money for children’s charities and Environmental Education Fund throughout the community.

Attendees were able to tour a working quarry, ride and explore giant excavation machinery, and participate in a host of fun, hands-on educational activities. Children were given the chance to become miners for the day and prospect for fool’s gold, mix up batches of concrete cakes, and construct walls with bricks and mortar.

Over the past decade, the event has attracted 200,000 people and raised more than $1 million for local children’s charities and the Quarry Quest Environmental Educational Fund, which is dedicated to funding grants for classroom supplies, activities and field trips related to earth science, geology and construction.

Major sponsors of the event included Michels Corporation, Miron Construction Inc., FABCO Equipment and Operating Engineers Local 139. Other sponsors included Northeast Asphalt Inc., American State Equipment, Associated General Contractors of Wis., Miller Electric Manufacturing, and many more.