Roadeo History and Purpose
The purpose of the AORS Provincial Safety Truck Roadeo is to showcase the expertise of the best municipal equipment operators in Ontario. These drivers are the winners of Roadeos in their Local Associations and so they have already been successful in elimination rounds. The Roadeo promotes safety, courtesy and professional public works driving skills in a challenging competition. The organization of the Roadeo is the responsibility of the AORS Education Committee, in cooperation with a hosting Local Association.
The AORS Provincial Safety Truck Roadeo started in 1994. Each year the top three drivers are awarded trophies, plaques and cash prizes at an awards ceremony, and the winner is presented the Roadeo trophy by the Provincial Minister of Transportation (or designate) at the OGRA Awards Luncheon the following February.
Each year one of the AORS Local Associations hosts the Roadeo. Their responsibility is to set up a committee of municipal and private sector volunteers to ensure the success of the event. This usually means that representatives from counties, townships, towns, villages and the private sector will be asked to support the event and assist with many related duties. Without fail, this important event in the AORS calendar goes off without a hitch. One of the side benefits to the organizing committee is the opportunity to work as a team and to get to know your peers within your own local association, and showcase a local community.
The 2018 AORS Provincial Safety Truck Roadeo
The 2018 AORS Provincial Safety Truck Roadeo was held on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, hosted by the Grey County Public Works Association, at the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre in Owen Sound. The Bruce and Grey County Associations held their joint local Roadeo at the same location on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. Thank you to the Suppliers who participated as sponsors and exhibitors in the 2-day trade show.
2018 marked the 25th annual AORS Provincial Safety Truck Roadeo. It also marked the re-dedication of the Driver of the Year trophy as the John Gloor Memorial Trophy, in memory of a founding father of the Roadeo and long-time Roadeo Master. Rest in peace John.
The 2018 winners were:
“Driver of the Year” – John Gleeson, Municipality of Mississippi Mills, Lanark County Road Supervisors Association
1st Runner-up – Richard Elliott, Township of Adelaide-Metcalfe, Middlesex Public Works Association
2nd Runner-up – Steve Kidd, Township Of Selwyn, Peterborough/Kawartha Lakes Public Works Association
Congratulations to all Participants, Judges, Volunteers & Organizers for a job well done. A good day was had by all.
The 2019 AORS Provincial Safety Truck Roadeo
The 2019 AORS Provincial Safety Truck Roadeo will be held on Wednesday, September 11, 2019, hosted by the Renfrew County Road Supervisors Association, at the Municipal Office in the Township of Laurentian Valley. The Renfrew County Association will hold their local Roadeo at the same location on Tuesday, September 10, 2019. Suppliers are invited to participate as sponsors and exhibitors in a 2-day trade show. Contact Mark Behm at (613) 735-6291. Click here for sponsorship info: Sponsor Exhibitor Package 2019
The AORS Provincial Safety Truck Roadeo Rules
In 2011, the rules, circuit and scoring were modified to include the use of both wing and plow on vehicles to better simulate the actual environment in which this type of equipment is operated.
In 2014, the rules for the Provincial Safety Truck Roadeo were changed to allow two entrants from each Local Association that participated in a local Roadeo. In addition, the winner of previous year’s Provincial Roadeo will be invited back to defend their title.