Annual statewide forklift rodeo looking for drivers; cash prizes await

Staff writerJune 10, 2014 

Forklift drivers, here’s your chance to shine.

As a prelude to the 17th Annual Forklift Rodeo at September’s 63rd Annual Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference in Spokane, qualifying rounds will be held on both sides of the state.

The Western Washington forklift competition will be held Aug. 23 at the Boeing Kent Space Center, 20403 68th Ave. S. The top five individual qualifiers from each of these regional competitions will then proceed to the statewide competition, the state Department of Labor & Industries announced Tuesday.

Eastern Washington forklift drivers will compete June 21 in the regional qualifying forklift rodeo at the Spokane Fire Department Regional Readiness Center.

To participate, competitors must first successfully pass a written exam and be current on training requirements. During the competition, the forklift drivers are timed as they negotiate a fun and challenging course.

The top eight drivers in these regional competitions earn cash prizes ranging from $50 to $300. In the finals, prizes range from $100 to $500 for the top five drivers. Team awards are also given for the top two teams in each region. Participation is limited to the first 30 drivers who register.

 Visit www.wagovconf.org for registration forms or call 206-281-3842 or 888 451-2004 . The entry fee is $40 for competitors. Spectators are welcome and there is no admission charge.

 

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