September 22, 2010
The Wisconsin 4-H Tractor Driving Contest was held Aug. 21 at the Racine County Fairgrounds in Union Grove. Winning the senior division for 4-H members 14 to 18 years old was Ryan O'Leary of Fond du Lac County. Second place in the senior division went to Max Bayer of Racine County.
In the junior division for 12 and 13 year olds, Adam Dosedla of Racine County took first place, while Brandon Strelow of Shawano County finished second.
O'Leary and Bayer will compete at the National 4-H Tractor Operator's Contest during the National 4-H Engineering Challenge Sept. 26-28 at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind.
From left, Ryan O'Leary, of Fond du Lac County, placed first in the senior division of the Wisconsin 4-H Tractor Driving Contest. Max Bayer, second from left, of Racine County placed second, while Adam Dosedla of Racine County placed first in the junior competition. Brandon Strelow, Shawano County, far right, placed second in the junior contest.
Participants at the state contest completed a written test, a parts identification test and drove a tractor with a two-wheel wagon through an obstacle course. Seniors also drove a tractor with a four-wheel wagon through an obstacle course.
The state contest is coordinated by volunteer Kirk Weese of Racine County and is patterned after the national contest. Weese is also vice chairman of the National 4-H Engineering Challenge at Purdue.
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