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):