AKWESASNE - The 11th annual Ironworkers Festival was hosted at the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort this past weekend and once again proved to be quite the attraction for local community members. Various events and competition, coupled with beautiful weather made this years event one of the best to date.
Former Business Manager Mike Swamp recalled the competition over the past few years and expressed gratitude, not only to the competitors travelling to come and participate but also to the casino. This event gets bigger each year and we need to recognize the casino and its staff for a wonderful event and beautiful hotel, said Mr. Swamp.
Ke note speakers for this years festivities included active Local 440 member Bill Sears, Local 440 Business Manager Robert Cole, Director of Casino Floor Services Darlene Dilcox as well as an opening address delivered by Loran Thompson. Each speaker wished the competitors luck as well thanking them for the brotherhood and their sportsmanship.
Once registered, the competitors participated in each event and were timed on their completion, indicated on their score card. Each event tailored to a specific skill set, the men and women forged on with a hope of becoming crowned The Ultimate Ironworker as well as claiming the top prize of $1,000 cash.
This event is so popular in our community for so many reasons. It has roots in each and every household and our men and women express a tremendous amount of pride in being an Ironworker, states Director of Floor Services Darlene Dilcox.
Of the seven events, a winner was determined and received special recognition at the awards ceremony hosted under the large tent adjacent to the casino. Over the past nine years, only two ironworkers held the title, but this year, a new Ultimate Ironworker was crowned in Henry Berk, Local 401 out of Philadelphia, Pa.