Pair of Canadians in Bobcat Backyard Makeover Contest
By Adam FreillConstruction
Two Canadian entries are among the five finalists chosen for Bobcat’s Backyard Makeover Contest. From now until August 14, the public is invited to vote on who they think should win the $25,000 prize, which comes with an opportunity to meet country music superstar Justin Moore.
The company says finalists were selected based on originality and creativity in their contest entry submission, as well as the impact of how a backyard makeover will empower them to accomplish more.
- Chris and Loni from Cambridge, Ontario: Chris and Loni moved into their home just three weeks before their honeymoon. While they planned to work on home projects once home, Chris fell ill after the wedding and was admitted to intensive care while in Cancun. The newlyweds spent their honeymoon in the hospital, and after returning home have not been able to work on their home projects as expected. They hope to renovate their backyard to host a wedding reception for their family and friends.
- Doug from North Gower, Ontario: Doug lives on a 600-acre farm that he would like to transition to regenerative agriculture methods. Three years ago, he was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer and most of his energy is spent managing the acreage. His dream is to makeover the backyard for his wife so they can enjoy a tranquil space together.
- Julie from Moraga, California: Julie, her husband, four children, and their two dogs live on a ranch that has been in her family for over 100 years. They are restoring the home that her father built on the land but have not had the time to tackle the yard, which has poor drainage, uneven dirt and no irrigation. They hope to makeover the backyard so their living space can be lovingly revitalized.
- Julie from Turlock, California: Julie survived an accident in 1995 that left her paralyzed as a quadriplegic. She is now wheelchair dependent, and often encounters challenges in maneuvering her backyard. While she loves to garden, the dirt and weeds often get stuck in her wheelchair. She would like to makeover her backyard to make it wheelchair accessible so she can continue to be outdoors in her garden, which she says helps her forget her mobility limitations.
- Marty from Sandy, Utah: Leslie nominated her brother Marty for the Bobcat Backyard Makeover as he was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2021. Due to his illness, Marty does not leave his home often, but he finds joy in life and with his new rescue dog, Patrick. Since Marty’s diagnosis, he has been unable to fully maintain his yard, which is full of dirt, weeds and burrs that get stuck in his dog’s paws. Leslie wants to transform Marty’s backyard so both he and his dog can retreat to a peaceful space.
The winner will work with their local Bobcat dealer to create their dream backyard, and Bobcat will put its equipment to work making the winner’s backyard dreams a reality. In addition to the backyard makeover, the winner will have the opportunity to meet Moore as he joins the Bobcat team in the renovation project.
To vote, visit www.bobcat.com/backyardmakeover by August 14.