PEORIA, Ill — Nearly 30 crews took to the Shoppes at Grand Prairie Friday to test out their snow plowing skills in the 28th annual Snow Roadeo.
Of course, there’s no ice in the summer, so the level of difficulty is lower.
Peoria Public Works Superintendent, Sie Maroon, says it’s meant to teach participants how to drive the plow, but also learn about the equipment involved.
“There’s also two more parts to the testing, so there’s a written part that the drivers take and then there’s a circle of safety in which they identify things on the truck that are malfunctioning. So, it really kinda sharpens the edge for these guys for their skills,” said Maroon.
The course was set up with varying levels of obstacles with cones representing parked cars or mailboxes. The challenge gave each driver a new perspective of what it’s like to drive these big machines.
“You guys can feel first hand what it’s like for some of these guys when they’re behind the wheel of the plow truck. With the weight of the truck and the parked cars, visual obstructions and things like that, it just gives you that perspective,” said Maroon.
You acquire a certain number of points for each task, and the winning driver gets to take home the coveted traveling trophy.
Contestants took home several different prizes, including the coveted traveling trophy, which was awarded to the City of Peoria.
IDOT partnered with the state chapter of the American Public Works Association to host the competition.