The Crack of Dawn
Bright lights allowed rodeo participants and workers to prepare for the 7 a.m. start time at the National Agricultural Hall of Fame in Bonner Springs, Kansas.
A high school marching band from Shawnee, Kansas, signaled the beginning of the opening ceremony. The national anthem came next.
The Manitoba Hydro team stood at attention while their national anthem was played.
UK Colors and a Moment of Silence
After the United Kingdom national anthem, the invocation and a moment of silence for the victims and linemen of Hurricane Matthew.
Rides, Donuts and Shirts
Altec bucket trucks were powered up and ready to give rides to 120 feet. Altec also passed out donuts and t-shirts as the competition began.
Ready to Compete
Linemen line up to compete in the journeyman hurt man rescue event and support their fellow competitors.
The Best of the Best
The Lineman’s Rodeo attracts the best linemen from around the world to compete in events based on traditional lineman tasks and skills.
In the Journeyman Mystery Event, the team replaced a bad transformer. This was a 12kV event and required the use of hot sticks and rubber gloves, ground to ground.
The first Lineman’s Rodeo was held in September 1984, with 12 participating teams from Kansas and Missouri. The Rodeo has grown to over 200 teams and 250 apprentices.
Apprentice Mystery Event
The Apprentice Mystery Event II was to replace steel pins and insulators. This event was designed to allow the apprentice to demonstrate his proficiency in proper line skills needed to replace two steel pins and insulators, demonstrate his climbing skills and his ability to throw and tie ropes.
Apprentice Hurt Man Rescue
In the Apprentice Hurt Man Rescue, time started at the judge's signal with the apprentice standing at any arm's length from the pole, wearing work gloves with a gauntlet.
Time is of the Essence
Speed is crucial in the Hurt Man event.
Man Down Emergency
Competitors had a script to go by for the Hurt Man Rescue. Linemen work quickly to complete the rescue.
Back to the Basics
The Apprentice Mystery Event I was a slack block and eye splice. The apprentice had to rig a set of two sheaves without any crossing of the rope between the two blocks. The fall line had to exit the slack block so that the block had a notch where the exiting rope could be locked off.
The Rodeo featured outdoor exhibitors as well. Linemen and other visitors could explore products and services and enjoy more swag.
Hot Stick Demo
Another exhibitor shows a hot stick.
See You Next Year
See you next year where we will meet you before dawn for another great year of celebrating the best of the best! For more coverage of the 2016 International Lineman's Rodeo and Expo, see the Electric Utility Operations home page.