Members, staff and family were treated to a fun day of celebrations, as Ottawa & Belleville districts and the OETIO Morrisburg campus hosted the 100th anniversary Rodeo Picnic on Saturday.

More than 650 Local 793 staff, members and their families registered for the event, which was held at the OETIO campus in Morrisburg.

Business manager Mike Gallagher and staff from across the province attended the event.

Guests were treated to a wide variety of activities and entertainment, from pony rides, a petting zoo and bouncy castles to a reptile zoo, magician and live DJ.

Operators were put to the test in the IUOE LOCAL 793 MEMBERS COMPETITIONS. Prizes were awarded to the top three operators in four categories: Mobile Crane, Tower Crane, Excavator and Tractor-Loader-Backhoe (TLB).

Following were winners:

Mobile Crane
1st: Zach Borutski
2nd: Michel Alig
3rd: Dan Alig

Tower Crane
1st: Jonathan Sprung
2nd: Vince Beaudoin
3rd: Jose Campos

1st: Tim Gilmer
2nd: Donny Molson
3rd: Scott Walker

Tractor-Loader-Backhoe (TLB)
1st: Tim Gilmer
2nd: Donny Molson
3rd: Jason Beckman

Thanks to generous donations by Eastern Ontario contractors, competition winners in each category received $1,500 for first place, $750 for second place and $500 for third place.

Following the Rodeo, a dinner-dance was held where members enjoyed dinner followed by the sounds of A Bigger Hammer band fronted by Local 793 member Scott Greene. The evening also included a breathtaking professional fireworks display.

Photo credit: Armand Dowdall