WILLISTON — Onlookers stood berated by wind all afternoon, yet remained unfazed as they watched expert truck drivers represent their companies in the 2nd Annual Purity Oilfield Services Truck Rodeo.
Wind came as a welcome relief to counter the scorching temperatures Williston has been experiencing all week making it bearable for the families that attended the Truck Rodeo. There was no charge to attend but organizers asked for donations in efforts to raise money for the local 4-H program and Teen Challenge in Williston.
Six companies went tanker-trailer to tanker-trailer to see whose skills would win them the top prize of $1,000 and a Purity Truck Rodeo belt buckle.
“It’s quite a big commitment from these companies to be a part of it and give up work for the day,” said Director of Operations, Steve Atwell.
A professionally designed obstacle course was set up on the Purity Oilfield compound where drivers had to maneuver their tankers through without hitting a traffic cone or points would be deducted. They were given 15 minutes to complete the course, but the expert drivers made parallel parking and turning in a confined space look easy.
Onlookers watched in awe and commented that they couldn’t perform those feats even in their small vehicles. One of the many sponsors of the event, Dale Salmen of Duane’s Radiator Shop was among the rodeo attendees.
Throughout the day’s competition, a bouncy house and inflatables were available for the children as well as a free cookout that offered up hotdogs and hamburgers, making it a very family-oriented event.
Items from area companies were donated to be auctioned off to raise money. The top item was a fabricated horse bust made of horseshoes and other metal items. It fetched the highest price of $1,700 to Jim Anderson. All of the items cumulated to $6,900 to be split between both youth groups.
Atwell explained that the company’s mission statement is to give back to the community.
“We extract a living but we give back,” Atwell surmised.