2022 Operator EXPO Highlights


Mother nature threw a little curve ball at this year’s Operator EXPO, May 25-26, 2022, at the Hardin County Fairground, but KRWA’s Todd Ritter said it best in a poem…”We came and conquered and survived the day. But that's why we're awesome because we're K R W A.”  A few storms did not dampen the spirits of the nearly 400 participants or the 59 exhibits. This year’s event kicked off with exhibitor set-up and four hours of continuing education classes on Wednesday afternoon. S & K Equipment Company provided a delicious gumbo dinner that evening with Kentucky Engineering Group opening their coolers loaded with sodas and water.

 Six hours of continuing education classes were offered on Thursday with attendees also enjoying the demonstrations and displays offered by our Associate Members. Lunch was provided to all by our meal sponsor, S & K Equipment Company, with Kentucky Engineering Company offering refreshing beverages throughout the day.

Even with the rain, there was fun to be had and contests to win….. Door prize drawings were held at the close of lunch along with the announcement of contest winners. Congratulations to our contest winners:


Find That Picture!  (Sponsored by Kentucky Rural Water Association)

--Oscar Paige, Hardin County Water District #2

--Anthony Branham, Mt. Washington Water & Sewer

--Larry Fraley, Powell’s Valley Water District


Backhoe Rodeo  (Sponsored by Wright Implement)

--1st place winner:  Chad Coomer, Caveland Environmental Authority with a time of 33.52 seconds

--2nd place winner:  Kenneth Towe, Harrison Co. Water Association with a time of 33.84 seconds


Leak Repair  (Sponsored by Core & Main / Smith-Blair)

--1st place winner:  Wade Scott, Caveland Environmental Authority and Morgan Christie, Green River Valley Water District, with a time of 1:00.99

--2nd place winner:  Kenneth Tolle, Harrison Co. Water Association and Cody Zieneiss, City of Cynthiana, with a time of 1:16.33


Last, but not least, we thank our T-shirt sponsors: Bennett & Williams Environmental Consultants; Core & Main; Ditch Witch Mid-States; G & C Supply Co.; Hawkins Water Treatment Group; Hayes Pipe Supply; Kato/Compact Excavator Sales; Kentucky Association of Counties; Kentucky Engineering Group; Kenvirons; Kentucky-American Water; Layne - A Granite Company; Lewis Municipal Sales; Metron-Farnier; Mueller Company; Precision Products; Process Controls Corporation; Prosource Water Products; Raymond James; Rustoleum/High Performance Products; S & K Equipment Company; Thornton, Musso & Bellemin; United Systems & Software; Wascon; Wet or Dry Tank Inspection; and Wright Implement.

We sincerely appreciate the generous contributions made by our Associate Members to make this a successful event again this year! 

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