Roland Garcia Wins Prize In Herriman Dig Off
Dec 07, 2015 08:26AM ● Published by Amanda Butler
By Amanda Butler
Midvale - Midvale City employee Roland Garcia won a first prize in the 10th annual Herriman Dig Off, held at Butterfield Park in September. The contest included a variety of games played by heavy equipment operators on backhoes. The event provided a fun way for municipal employees from around the Wasatch Front to test their skills at operating heavy equipment and enjoy some friendly competition.
Garcia moved to Utah from Las Vegas just over a year ago, and has been an employee of Midvale City Public Works since December of 2014. He has worked as an equipment operator for several years, and currently operates a storm drain truck for the city.
This was his first year participating in the Dig Off, which he was invited to enter with three other Midvale City Public Works employees.
“I’ve been running equipment since 1997, and that was the first time I’ve ever done something like that,” Garcia said.
Along with Midvale, Herriman, Salt Lake City and Riverton, about 15 other cities joined in the fun. Garcia estimated that 100 to 150 people participated in the contest. The competition included games such as backhoe bowling, backhoe basketball, fishing, golf, soccer and other sports, as well as an obstacle course and digging a hole to specifications.
“It was fun,” Garcia said. “It was a good time. I was there all day. Everyone enjoyed the competition. There was a couple of guys who were real competitive, but it was really fun.”
Contest winners were awarded prizes. “I won a toy loader,” Garcia said. “It was more for fun. We had a good time.”
The Midvale City Public Works department publicly congratulated Garcia on his win with an announcement on the city’s Facebook page. Andrea Timmerman, an administrative assistant for the department, “We are very proud to have him as part of our Midvale Team.”