Pete Walker wore Carhartt pants to his sister’s wedding. Now, the Breckenridge Blackdog Services snowplow business owner is one of 10 finalists in the nationwide Cintas & Carhartt Cold Crew Contest, which started in 2011 to recognize individuals who withstand the toughest winter working conditions.
The contest began accepting entries last September, with people sharing their stories and explaining why Carhartt is essential to their jobs. Online voting through March 31 at www.cintas.com/carharttcoldcrew will determine which finalist will win a trip to the 2014 Country Music Association Music Festival in June in Nashville.
Walker has lived in Breckenridge since 1988, running his contract-service snowplow business for the last 15 years. He said he was surprised to learn he had been chosen as a finalist.
“I got an email from them asking if I had any pictures in the gear, but I don’t know about the whole selfie thing — I didn’t want to look like Miley (Cyrus),” he said.
His sister originally found the contest and encouraged him to apply. Other finalists include a goat farmer from Iowa, a pipe layer from Ontario and a demolition specialist from New York.
“I don’t Twitter,” Walker said. “But I did use Facebook, and I sent out an email to some friends.”
Walker also previously worked for the ski resort, as well as the town’s recreation department, teaching kids how to swim during the summer.
Snowplows usually service residential clients when it snows 4 inches or more within a 24-hour period. Walker said the average for January is about eight of those days, and this year, it’s been closer to about 23 times.
“This season there’s been epic snow, and all the guys I know, we busted our tails,” he said. “Everyone has been dealing with it.”
So far this winter, his main truck has broken down, and his backup truck was out for a while as well. He said Carhartt is his everyday winter gear, whether he is getting himself or others out of a jam. Walker purchases his gear at Almart in Alma. No one else from Colorado made the top 10.
Maureen Brennan, assistant marketing manager of uniform rental at Cintas, said in a prepared statement they received thousands of stories from men and woman who brave brutal working conditions every winter.
“Both Carhartt and Cintas are known for providing tough, durable products and quality, dependable service, and we want to recognize the people who reflect those same characteristics,” she said.
Voting for the 2013-14 Cintas & Carhartt Cold Crew Contest ends March 31. Individuals can vote only once at www.cintas.com/carharttcoldcrew.
“I got an email from them asking if I had any pictures in the gear, but I don’t know about the whole selfie thing — I didn’t want to look like Miley (Cyrus).”
Owner, Breckenridge Blackdog Services