Let it snow!

By GAYLE COULTER State Journal Staff Writer Published:

The words, "Gentlemen, start your snowplows," proved to be music to the ears of Allan Burris and Eddie Wiley.

The two men, both city street department employees, recently won the Kentucky State American Public Works Association's "Roadeo" identifying them as the best snowplow operators in the state.

They brought back several big trophies decorated with toy backhoes and snowplows that are now on display at City Hall.

Burris, who is city street superintendent, and Wiley, who has been with the department for about six years, compete as a team. They represented the Bluegrass chapter of the APWA.

The competition tested their ability to drive a snowplow through an obstacle course with cones that had tennis balls on top that they were not allowed to knock off.

"It's harder to do than people think," Wiley said.

But Burris and Wiley said they knew all along that they were talented snowplow operators - after all, they had won the state Roadeo contest before in 2001 but were disqualified at the national level for failing to fill out some contest paperwork.

They'll compete on the national level again in April 2004 at the North America Snow Conference in Lexington - and this time, they plan to win.

For more on this story, see the latest State Journal.

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