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Making Their Points

Making Their Points

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    Contestants earned points if they dropped a ball from the loader's bucket into a barrel.

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    First:Len Mackowiak, Alsip, Ill.

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    Second: Roland Harrington, Hayti, S.D.

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    First: Joseph Meyer, Poplar Grove, Ill.

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    1st: Christopher Udall, Las Vegas (left)2nd: Charles Miguel, Puuene, Hawaii (right)

The John Deere Load America competition crowned the best loader operators at the World of Concrete Producer's Challenge for the fifth year.

Contestants demonstrated their safety and operating knowledge and drove John Deere 544J model front-end loaders through a series of obstacles at the Las Vegas Convention Center's Gold Lot, and received points for accuracy.

Tasks included figure 8s, backing, parking, and dropping a ball from the bucket into a drum. At the end of the three days, the points were added, winners were announced, and prizes were awarded.

Here are the first- and second-place winners from each day: