• This year’s Northwestern Regional Roadeo winners are Lori Rhodes, from Mitchell County (center), taking first place, Ketch Winters, from Avery County, drove away with second place (left) and Shonia Byrd, from Mitchell County, took third place (right). (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
    This year’s Northwestern Regional Roadeo winners are Lori Rhodes, from Mitchell County (center), taking first place, Ketch Winters, from Avery County, drove away with second place (left) and Shonia Byrd, from Mitchell County, took third place (right). (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Mitchell drivers place first, third at Roadeo

Four county transit systems competed Friday, June 7, at Mayland Community College in the third annual regional Roadeo. 

This is a day of training and competition for and among Avery, Mitchell, Yancey and Madison counties. Drivers competed in six obstacles for driving including serpentine, passenger stop, right-hand back, diminishing clearance, judgment stop and driving habits. Non-driving stations for training included fire extinguisher, van evacuation/first aid, passenger assistance, wheelchair securement, pre-trip, seat-belt cutting, car seats and bloodborne pathogens. 

This year’s winners are Lori Rhodes, from Mitchell County, taking first place, Ketch Winters from Avery County drove away with second place and Shonia Byrd from Mitchell County took third place. Cash prizes were given to the top three winners along with trophies. 

“If not for our volunteer judges we could not put on this event,” said Sheila Blalock, director of Mitchell County Transportation. “This is the second time some of the judges have stood in the pouring rain to help judge. We would also like to thank Safe Kids WNC for car seat training, David Grant from Grant’s Service for wheelchair securement training, Mayland Community College for letting us use the facility and parking lot and finally to Toe River Health District for a number of services, including bloodborne pathogens and immunizations.”

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