On a steamy Friday in August, we watched as nearly 50 operator/contestants carefully maneuvered Case backhoe-loaders through a series of three tests of skill that required a steady hand and a good eye. This event was but one stop in the Case Rodeo Series, which, when completed, should involve perhaps 80 such events and 5,000 operators. The event we observed was held at the Bolingbrook, Ill., location ofMcCann Industries, a Case dealer with 10 locations in northern Illinois and Indiana. Winner of this event, Brad Pool (holding plaque), an operator for Illiana Remedial Action, an earth-moving/utilities contractor in Hammond, Ind., will go to the Case Rodeo Series North American Championship event in Las Vegas next March to compete for the grand prize of aCase backhoe-loadervalued at nearly $120,000. And along the way, Case dealers that host a regional Rodeo are supporting and publicizing the work done by Habitat for Humanity. Case and its dealers hope to top $150,000 for this cause by completion of the Rodeo Series.