Quarry Quest Brings Earthmoving Experience to Michels Quarry in Neenah, Wis.

Fri October 10, 2014 - Midwest Edition
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More than 250 businesses and 1,000 volunteers work together to put on this successful event each year.
More than 250 businesses and 1,000 volunteers work together to put on this successful event each year.
More than 250 businesses and 1,000 volunteers work together to put on this successful event each year. The combination of heavy equipment “rides,” hands-on learning and unique family fun have visitors exclaiming that Quarry Quest is the best family outing they’ve ever attended. Families were encouraged to climb aboard massive quarry and construction equipment and go for a ride. A slew of activities kept guests busy at the 16th annual Quarry Quest. Kids of all ages turned out for the Michels Materials quarry event in Neenah, Wis., Sept. 13. For many families, Quarry Quest has become a tradition. Children had the opportunity to become a miner for the day and prospect for fool’s gold. Quarry Quest was created by a team of community organizations in 1998 to help provide a better understanding of the construction and mining industries while also raising funds for local charitable organizations. The event featured boom lift rides and tours on a Cat articulated truck. Plenty of Caterpillar excavators were on hand for the kids to run, which were supplied by FABCO. Quarry Quest offers children and adults a one-of-a-kind experience. Miron Construction Co. Inc. supplied all of the cranes so future operators could get lifting experience at Quarry Quest. For one day only, the quarry along U.S. 41 became a theme park, classroom and playground. Quarry Quest 2014 brought in thousands of attendees to the Michels Materials Quarry.


Quarry Quest, a one-of-a kind experience for both children and adults, was held on Sept. 13 for its 16th year at Michels Materials limestone quarry in Neenah, Wis. The event provides 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.

Over the last decade the event has attracted 200,000 people and raised more than $1,000,000 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.

Visitors got the chance to tour a working limestone quarry, ride and explore giant excavation machinery, become a miner for the day prospecting for fool’s gold, mix up a batch of concrete cakes or construct a wall with bricks and mortar.

Major sponsors include Michels Corporation, Miron Construction Inc., Engineers Local 139, and FABCO CAT. Other sponsors include American State Equipment Company and many more.