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Dozer Days are over

 

 
The Hamilton Education Foundation, host of the popular Dozer Day at Halquist Stone’s Sussex Quarry, determined at a recent board meeting that the popular Southeastern Wisconsin event will no longer occur.
Dozer Day has had an excellent track record in regards to safety issues during the event; however, due to “interpretation of safety regulations by the Mine, Safety and Health Administration, it became apparent that Dozer Day would not happen next year,” said Tom Halquist, a co-founder of the event in a press release sent out Nov. 24.
“It is with great regret that it has come to an end,” HEF Chairman George Semrad said. “We certainly understand that Halquist must comply with government regulations. It would be difficult to imagine Dozer Day without operating machinery.”
“It is hard to put into words how grateful HEF is to Halquist Stone Company for inviting the community to its quarry all these years,” Semrad said. “We appreciate the generosity of everyone at Halquist who worked to make Dozer Day a successful, fun event.” Semrad said the HEF board will convene later this
year to pursue other avenues of fundraising.
Dozer Day was created to benefit the Hamilton Education Foundation, which allows the Hamilton School District to provide financial support and other resources to enhance and enrich the educational opportunities
of students in the district. Major sponsors of the event included: QuadGraphics, Wisconsin Army National Guard, MLG Commercial, FABCO, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Halquist Stone Company.
In 2009 Dozer Day celebrated it’s 10th year of the event and raised over $100,000 for the foundation.
Throughout the years, Dozer Day raised nearly one million dollars that benefited schoolchildren throughout the Hamilton School District in Waukesha County and was one Southeastern Wisconsin’s largest one day events attracting over 20,000 people of all ages every year.

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