TAVARES — Professional truck drivers, equipment operators and mechanics will test their skills at the 25th Annual Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) Sunshine Chapter's Road-e-o to be held Saturday, May 12, beginning at 8 a.m. at the Lake County Central Solid Waste Facility in Tavares.
The competition pits solid-waste professionals from across the state against one another in a test of knowledge, skills and performance. At the time of the competition, participants must be employed in the field in which they are competing and must have a minimum of one-year experience with no chargeable accidents or moving violations within that time.
Using an assortment of solid-waste equipment such as front-end loaders, bulldozers, compactors, scrapers, tractor-trailers and roll-off trucks, equipment operators and truck drivers must navigate through a predetermined obstacle course. Each will be judged on the time it takes to complete the course and the ability to use the equipment in a safe and efficient way. They must demonstrate their ability to stop and start the equipment, negotiate the course, backup the equipment and exhibit general safe operational skills.
Mechanics will be given an exam that tests their knowledge of shop safety, power train, brakes, hydraulics and shop operations. In an exhibition of skill and speed, mechanical competitors will perform hands on diagnostic tests of equipment. Participants are well versed in major equipment repair to succeed in this competition.
The Lake County departments of Environmental Services and Tourism & Business Relations are hosting the event. Local residents are encouraged to come out and view this exciting event. Entrance to the competition is on Frankie’s Road, located about three-quarters of a mile south on County Road 561 from the intersection of County Road 48. For more information, call the Department of Environmental Services at (352) 343-3776.