After days of using their skid loaders to prepare the Howard County Fairgrounds for its signature event, contractors got to have a little fun with their machinery.
The seventh annual Skid Loader Rodeo closed out the opening weekend of the Howard County Fair Sunday night. Contestants competed in a variety of events, including hefting giant tires, maneuvering a figure eight and picking up a basketball off of an orange cone.
"It started as an event where we just wanted something different for the fair," said Justin Brendel, president of Lisbon-based Level Land Inc. excavating company. "There's a lot of contractors... something fun for us to come out and do after we were done working."
Londell Luther took first place in the competition, which earned him a trophy and a week-long rental of a skid loader from Metro Bobcat of Gaithursburg.
"It's very exciting, I love to participate in stuff, I love to compete," said Luther. "I hope they make more competitions."