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Diggin’ it

Gazette staff January 25th, 2012

On the same afternoon CFN learned that the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were among the 20 finalists for the 2012 U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team, we found out about another local man headed to competition — this one, a tad different.

Mustang-based contractor John Hire is among 59 semifinalists scheduled to compete this week in the Case Triple Threat Rodeo Championship at the 2012 World of Concrete show in Las Vegas.

As part of the events, Hire was to face off against fellow North American equipment operators in challenges that test one’s skills with a skid steer loader, wheel loader and loader/backhoe.

An employee of Oklahoma City’s Quickway Excavating, Hire earned the right to fight when he won the local competition last July, taking home $500. The World of Concrete show, however, has much higher stakes, valued at more than $140,000. That includes $3,500 worth of Jack Link’s beef jerky products.

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