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2012 Crane Operator Rodeo Qualifier Sign Up Open

For the third year, the Crane Operator Rodeo competition returns this fall with a new twist: Operators across the country will compete in their region before heading to the final event in Orlando, Fla. The national championship will take place October 27-28 at the Ritchie Bros. Sign Up To Compete in the Regional Rodeo Qualifiers Auctioneer’s facility in Davenport, Fla.

Regional events will take place at the following qualifying centers:

  • Crane Institute of America—Orlando, Fla.
  • Empire Crane—Syracuse, N.Y.
  • Local 150 IUOE—Chicago, Ill.
  • Marco Crane —Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers—Houston, Texas

Up to five regional qualifiers will receive paid travel and lodging in Orlando to compete for the coveted National Champion award.

A number of industry groups are supporting the event, including:

  • Event Partner CIC, which is designing and overseeing the competition standards
  • Crane Sponsor Liebherr, which is supplying the 70-ton LTR 1060 telescopic crawler crane for the Crane Operator Rodeo finals
  • Rigging Sponsor The Crosby Group, which is the official rigging supplier for the event
  • Award Sponsor Manitowoc


The National Champion will receive $1,000 cash, a one-of-a-kind hand tooled Western belt buckle, a one-of-a-kind leather bomber jacket, a die-cast crane model, VIP treatment at the next ConExpo, and other considerations. The winner will also appear on the cover of the Rodeo supplement.

First runner-up at the national competition will receive $500 cash plus an award jacket, a die-cast crane model, and other prizes and considerations.

The second runner-up will receive $250 cash, an award jacket, a die-cast crane model, and other prizes.

Registration to compete in a regional qualifying event in your area is just $30. Sign up today!

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