Launch Slideshow

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John Deere Load America

John Deere Load America

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    Tuesday's winners: First Place - Chris Tonkin, C.C. Meyers Inc., Tracy, Calif. Second Place - Donald Scholes, Local 12, Henet, Calif.

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    Thursday's winners: First Place - Kenneth Edwards, K.P. Edwards Materials, Bay Shore, N.Y. Second Place - Jordan Mockridge, Viking Concrete, Kalmarth Falls, Ore.

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    Wednesday's winners: First Place - Randy Dewling, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada. Second place - Brian Newton, Earthwork, Wetumpka, Ala.

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    Attendees also competed in John Deere's skidsteer competition. Wednesday's winners: First Place - Jermiah Sherwood, Roger Smith Construction, Cedar Falls, Iowa. Second Place - Paul Evans, Swansville, Minn. Thursday's winners: First Place - Bob Mutch, Gopher Wrecking & Demolition Salvage Co., Bakersfi eld, Calif. Second place - Tony Vranak, Kenosha, Wis.

Skilled operators demonstrated their talents by performing a multitude of tasks in the John Deere Load America competition.

Contestants demonstrated their know-how and talent by driving John Deere 544K model front-end loaders through a series of obstacles at the Las Vegas Convention Center's Gold Lot. After hopping into the cab and becoming acquainted with the controls, they set out on a series of maneuvers. These included figure 8s, backing, parking, and dropping a ball from the bucket into a drum.

In addition to bragging rights, winners walked away with great memories and prizes. First place winners received John Deere leather jackets and second place winners received 1:16th scale models of John Deere 544J 4WD loaders. For more, visit www.johndeere.com. Here are the first- and second-place finishers from each day (first-place finishers pictured):