The West Virginia Propane Gas Association held its bi-annual bobtail rodeo on June 21, 2016 at Citizens Fire Department, Charles Town, WV. It is the longest running bobtail rodeo in the propane industry.
Propane Bobtail Rodeo Winners 2016

Eight propane bobtail drivers participated in the 3-part competition including Josh Allen, Roach Energy; Ron DeVall, Hagedorn's Inc.; David Shover, Blue Flame Inc.; Chris Silkworth, Thompsons Gas; Kenny Swink Jr., Blue Flame Inc.; Scott Swink, Blue Flame Inc.; Bill Walker, AmeriGas; and Kevin Watson, Hagedorn's Inc.

The winners included Ron DeVall, Hagedorn's Inc., who took 1st Place, Chris Silkworth, Thompsons Gas was awarded 2nd Place, and the 3rd Place winner was Kenny Swink, Jr., of Blue Flame Inc.

Major thanks to the following for all their support in making the 2016 Bobtail Rodeo possible:

• Marty Braithwaite, Woodgate Petroleum, for setting up the course and securing the seminar location;

• Officers A.W. Ryan and Jeff Wiford, West Virginia DOT Inspectors, for the pre-trip inspection review;

• Ed Anderson, LP Gas Training, for providing the bobtail rollover seminar;

• First prize donation from Mark Dennis, Ray Murray Inc.;

• Gift cards for all the drivers were donated by Caroline Hensley, AmeriGas/PTI; Trent Johnson, Bergquist, Inc.; Bill Woodward, CUI Equipment & Distribution; Jim Mason, Gas Equipment Company; Aaron Miller, Industrial Propane Service; Pat Shay, Tarantin Industries; and David Archer, Trinity Containers LLC.

• Members of the West Virginia Propane Gas Association who set up, judged and conducted the rodeo despite a big afternoon downpour!

The propane community is truly one-of-a-kind!