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New Hampshire Good Roads Association Show a Success

Fri September 09, 2011 - Northeast Edition

Everyone enjoyed the Clambake served for the 26th year by Paul Murphy of the Maine Lobster Outlet in York, Maine.
Everyone enjoyed the Clambake served for the 26th year by Paul Murphy of the Maine Lobster Outlet in York, Maine.
Everyone enjoyed the Clambake served for the 26th year by Paul Murphy of the Maine Lobster Outlet in York, Maine. Attendees had the opportunity to see the latest in loaders, dozers, excavators, cranes, surveying equipment, accessories and much more. A big hit every year at the equipment show is the backhoe contests, this one presented by Anderson Equipment, Manchester, N.H.

From the VIP Night reception to the final clean up, the New Hampshire Good Roads Association’s (NHGRA) 2011 Equipment Show, Clambake, Barbecue and Golf Tournament was a success

Three days of clear summer weather gave exhibitors the opportunity to set up and put the finishing touches on their exhibits in plenty of time to kick-off this year’s festivities. Once again, people came together to celebrate the strength and commitment of our industry in New Hampshire.

With the help of twenty corporate sponsors, NHGRA kicked off the 2011 events with VIP Night for our corporate members and exhibitors. The evening offered the opportunity to preview the Equipment Show, visit with friends, enjoy a delicious buffet provided by our friends at Alan’s Restaurant, and many nice raffle prizes donated by several of our corporate members. Many thanks to Vice President of Operations & Development, John Zudell for welcoming us to New Hampshire Motor Speedway and sharing a few words about the new infield and additional changes being made to the facility.

On day two more than 2,000 NHGRA exhibitors, members and friends attended the show, this year held in the spectacular infield and hosted for the 16th year by the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It was a cool, overcast day but the rain held off until evening giving everyone the chance to enjoy the day.

Sixty businesses participated in the Equipment Show, displaying an extraordinary variety of “highway related” products and services.

The food was excellent as well. More than 25 gallons of clam chowder, 600 hot dogs, 10 bushels of steamers, 700 ears of corn and more than 1,400 lobsters were served to a hungry crowd. In addition to the clambake, there was a St. Louis style barbecue with chicken, ribs and pulled pork.

Dan Posternak, Chill Catering and the Roundabout Diner in Portsmouth, N.H., and Paul Murphy and the folks from the Maine Lobster Outlet in York, Maine, provided the meals. This was Murphy’s twenty-sixth year preparing the clambake for the event.

It was a cool and misty beginning for the 184 golfers teeing off in a shotgun start for the annual golf tournament. Threesomes and foursomes at Pheasant Ridge Golf Club in Gilford and Beaver Meadow Golf Course in Concord competed for first place on each golf course and a number of terrific prizes donated by corporate members.

The team of Tim McLaughlin, Norman Brown, Paul Greenler, and Karin Marshall of SPS New England playing at Pheasant Ridge Golf Club were the winners of the New Hampshire Good Roads trophy. The team of Ron Puchalski, Nate Stauseth, Stanley Plifka and Garrett Plifka of All States Asphalt playing at Beaver Meadow Golf Course were the winners of the Randolph K. Pike trophy. CEG