2012 Crane Operator Rodeo National Championship

Date: 20-07-2012 / Author: kparrish /
Friday, October 26, 2012 - 7:00pm to Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 7:00pm

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, NY
• Local 150 IUOE—Wilmington, IL
• Stephenson Equipment, Inc.—Harrisburg, PA
• Technology Testing, Inc. —Phoenix, AZ
• Webber—Houston, TX


Up to five regional qualifiers will receive paid travel and lodging to Orlando to compete for 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; and
• 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!