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College Seeking Forklift Rodeo Participants

October's Forklift Rodeo will test the skill and safety practices of forklift drivers from a number of local industries.

WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College will hold its 3rd Annual Forklift Rodeo this fall and is seeking teams from local industries to compete in the yearly forklift safety competition.

This year’s rodeo will take place Oct. 2 at the Greenville Mall, starting at 12 p.m. with a forklift theory test and forklift pre-use safety inspection. The driving competition is scheduled to begin at approximately 2 p.m. and feature three courses that challenge the competitors’ operating skills and safety practices.

PCC Director of Business and Industry Mary Paramore says the competition, which was first held in 2013, is a chance for local industries to shine a spotlight on their employees.

“For those of us who don't operate a forklift, the rodeo is an opportunity to see and appreciate the people whose skills and talents help deliver products we use in our daily lives,” Paramore said. “Just about everything we encounter in our daily lives has been moved around by a forklift at some point.”

The rodeo is open to all local companies at a cost of $200 per team, which includes five lunch tickets on the day of the event. Each team can have as many as three drivers participate.

Ann’s House of Nuts in Martin County won the inaugural competition, while Greenville’s Metallix Refining, Inc., claimed first-place in last year’s event.

“The Traveling Trophy, which was designed by Winterville’s Robert's Company, is polished up and ready for the 2015 winner to take home,” Paramore said.

Companies interested in competing in this year’s rodeo can call (252) 493-7266 for more information. Paramore noted that the number of teams that can participate is limited.