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Pasco man wins construction equipment rodeo

PASCO -- There's a shiny new 2011 Ford F-250 pickup sitting in the parking lot at Pipe of Washington in Pasco.

The driver, Stephen Bauman, project manager for the company, won it in a construction equipment rodeo championship held earlier this week.

Western States, a heavy equipment company, organized the event.

He earned the title of the best heavy equipment operator in the territories served by Western States and the grand prize, the pickup. He also received a Knapheide truck box, several tools and a trip for two to the 10th round of the National Rodeo Finals.

His company, Pipe of Washington, also received a Cat 226B3 skid steer.

A heavy equipment veteran of 15 years, Bauman doesn't use heavy equipment as frequently as some of the other finalists but he proved his expertise.

"It was great to compete against the very best operators in the area," said Bauman in a press release. "Driving away in a new Ford pickup was a thrill I'll always remember."

The championship was held next to the College of Western Idaho campus in Nampa, Idaho.

Twelve finalists competed for the grand prize in skill-focused contests using a variety of equipment, each with a new twist or substantial change from the regional events to provide additional challenges.

A fifth mystery round was not unveiled until the final event which ultimately determined Bauman as the winner.

Also competing was Cwentin Clifton, of Pasco's Pipe of Washington Contracting, who was a leader in the Cat 160 Motorgrader Challenge event.

For more photos and final results, go to www.westernstatesrodeo.com.

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