As part of the Great Lakes Timber Professionals Assn. (GLTPA) Logging & Heavy Equipment Expo in Escanaba, Mich., Barko held a loader contest that tested the operating skills of participants by requiring them to move six logs back and forth on the course with a brand new Barko 595B hydrostatic merchandising loader. Awards were presented to the top three fastest operators on early Saturday afternoon as the show closed.
From left, Dillon Meyers, Steve Talaga and Ryan Shamion
Out of 100 participants, the three fastest competitors included Ryan Shamion from Iron River, Mich. with a time of 2:47, Eric Zellar from Manistique, Mich. with a time of 2:46 and Dillion Meyers from Wausaukee, Wis. with a time of 2:42. In total, the contest raised $1,000 in donations for Load A Log for Kids.
Thanks to Barko dealer CrossTrac Equipment, the top three winners were provided cash prizes.