2023 Operator Expos Recap
2023 Operator Expos Recap

2023 Operator Expos Recap

Southern - Huntingburg, IN / Northern - Akron, IN

Friday, June 9, 2023

Our Southern & Northern Expos held last month were both big successes.  Between our demonstrators and operators, we had over 500 people in attendance at our Expos this year! The weather in Huntingburg was absolute perfection, and although it was a bit brisk in Akron, there wasn’t a drop of rain. Each day was filled with demos, contests, networking, and…eating!  We piled our plates high with some delicious food, thanks to our lunch sponsors. Both events also featured our 'famous' hog roast, graciously donated and cooked by Water Solutions Unlimited.

The Meter Toss, Backhoe Rodeos, and the Expoo Royal Flush contests provided chances to win cash and prizes and didn't disappoint on the fun! 1st Place for each contest won $50 cash, and 2nd Place won an Alliance camping chair. The winner of the 2nd Regional Water Taste Test in Huntingburg was Veolia Water with the City of Boonville! In Akron, the 3rd Regional Water Taste Test Winner was the City of Auburn!  Congratulations to each of them! They will advance to the Best Tasting Water in Indiana Contest to be held at the Grand Wayne Convention Center during our Fall Conference.


Huntingburg Meter Toss Winners:

  • Powder Puffs: 1st – Anna Bogan of Kaise Aluminum, 2nd – Sarah Hartman of Alcoa
  • Young Bucks: 1st – Cody Murry of Jasper, 2nd – Evan Book of IDEM
  • Grizzly Ol' Veterans: 1st – Bob West of Jasonville, 2nd – Mike Compton of Paoli


Huntingburg Backhoe Rodeo Winners:

1st – Mike Compton of Jasonville

2nd – Daniel Houchin of the Town of Orleans


Huntingburg Expoo Royal Flush Winners:

1st - Eric McNew of South Henry

2nd – Jim Loyd of Washington


Akron Meter Toss Winners:

  • Powder Puffs: 1st – Caroline Gregory of Bourbon, 2nd – Marcy Coe of Garrett
  • Young Bucks: 1st – Nate Armstrong of E.J.P., 2nd – Tim Freeze of Garrett
  • Grizzly Ol' Veterans: 1st – Mike Balsley of Bremen, 2nd – Grant Kissel of IPW


Akron Backhoe Rodeo Winners:

1st – Jeff Crandall of Wanatah

2nd – Derek Allen of Auburn


Akron Expoo Royal Flush Winners:

1st – Mike Balsley of Bremen

2nd – Perry Cassidy of Sunman


Thanks to all our attendees, demonstrators, and especially, our sponsors. We couldn't do it without you!


SAVE THE DATE for next year's expos:

Southern Operator Expo - May 16, 2024

Northern Operator Expo - May 23, 2024

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