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Touch a truck crowd

Crowds gather outside of the Viant crane truck at the annual Touch-a-Truck event in Mandan. 

The 2018 Mixer Truck Driving Championship will be held Saturday in Mandan,  between Fourth Avenue Northwest and Sixth Avenue Northwest. Participants will begin their day at 8 a.m., and the public is invited to watch drivers participate in a challenge course at 11 a.m.

The Mixer Truck Driving Championship, sponsored by the North Dakota Ready-Mix and Concrete Products Association, consists of a written examination, a DOT safety inspection and a challenge course with eight stations. The challenge stations will demonstrate the driver’s ability to safely navigate a concrete mixer truck in a variety of everyday applications, focusing on backing, parking and tight turning.

This year’s championship is being held in conjunction with the Mandan Progress Organization’s Touch a Truck event.

“We are pleased to be hosting our event with Touch a Truck,” said Ben Olin, of Dickinson Ready-Mix and board chairman. “Not only will the public get to see large commercial vehicles up close and personal, but they also will be able to watch some of the best drivers from across the state demonstrate their talents in front of their peers and a panel of judges.”

This year more than a dozen participants will take part in the event. Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers. The first place winner will be sent to the National Mixer Truck Driving Championship on Sept. 29 in Washington, D.C.

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