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West Columbia Equipment Operator wins State Championship Backhoe Rodeo Competition

West Columbia (July 12, 2017 at 3:25 PM) – The City of West Columbia is excited to announce that Public Works Department Equipment Operator Mike Bollinger won the American Public Works Association (APWA) 33rd Annual State Championship Backhoe Rodeo Competition in Charleston, South Carolina on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. He competed against eight other backhoe operators around the state.

Mayor Bobby Horton said, “We are extremely proud to have a person with Mr. Bollinger’s talent as a member of our city staff to serve West Columbia.”

Mike Bollinger competes next Friday, July 21, 2017, in Rock Hill for the South Carolina versus North Carolina Border War Competition. He is eligible to compete in the National Competition this Fall in Orlando and next Fall in Kansas City. Mr. Bollinger competed in the West Columbia and Regional Backhoe Rodeos to advance to the State Competition.

A Backhoe Rodeo Competition is operators competing to demonstrate accuracy and precision skills with the use of a backhoe.

Pictured below: Charleston County Field Operations Manager and SC APWA Rodeo Coordinator John Myers (Left) and State Backhoe Rodeo Winner Mike Bollinger (Right)

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