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Forklift rodeo victor crowned

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L-R: Papke, Haugstad, Herpel L-R: Papke, Haugstad, Herpel
ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -

A different kind of Rodeo at the Mayo Civic Center Wednesday.

The best Forklift operators in the Midwest squared off in the annual Forklift Rodeo.

It's an entertaining staple of the Midwest Food Product Association Annual Convention.

The event will draw more than 900 people over the next few days.

13 operators showed their skills at forklift slalom, lifting and stacking, and a basketball challenge.

"Definitely nerve-racking constantly thinking about how hard are my forks, looking and making sure you don't knock over those cones with the tennis balls but uh again like I said it's all about relaxing having fun, letting it flow and that's all I did," said Forklift Rodeo Driver Jeffrey Sarauer.

First place went to Jeff Papke of Seneca Glencoe.

He just beat out Travis Haugstad of Seneca Rochester.

Jiles Herpel with Seneca Cambria won third.

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