Linemen Swap Shirts and Stories at Annual Trade Night

Oct. 22, 2018
The night before the Rodeo, linemen swap T-shirts with their companies' logos on them.

The night before the International Lineman's Rodeo, linemen from all over the world come together to celebrate the line trade and swap T-shirts, hats and other merchandise. The linemen walk in the doors of the Overland Park Convention Center with duffel bags of their own company shirts, but they walk out with new T-shirts from their friends in the line trade. 

As in past years, every shirt had a special story behind it. Some of the shirts were designed by linemen or supervisors, and some designs even featured silhouettes of real-life Rodeo competitors. Also, American pride was an overarching theme this year, with American flags gracing the backs of many of the company shirts, which were mostly long-sleeved rather than short-sleeved this year. 

Here are some of our favorite designs that we spotted on the floor of the convention center. Apprentices, linemen and supervisors showcased their designs to the Transmission and Distribution World team as they were waiting to head up the escalator for the 2018 Trade Night. 

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Amy Fischbach | Amy Fischbach, EUO Contributing Editor

Amy Fischbach is the contributing editor for the Electric Utility Operations section of Transmission and Distribution World. She worked for Prism Business Media (now Penton) for eight years, most recently as the managing editor of Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro magazine. She is now working as a freelance writer and editor for B2B magazines. Amy earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan.She serves as the national vice president of the American Society of Business Publication Editors. She can be reached at [email protected].

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Nikki Chandler | Group Editorial Director, Energy

Nikki has 28 years of experience as an award-winning business-to-business editor, with 23 years of it covering the electric utility industry. She started out as an editorial intern with T&D World while finishing her degree, then joined Mobile Radio Technology and RF Design magazines. She returned to T&D World as an online editor in 2002 and now leads the content for EnergyTech, Microgrid Knowledge and T&D World media brands and supports Endeavor’s energy events, Microgrid Knowledge and T&D World Live. She has contributed to several publications over the past 25 years, including Waste Age, Wireless Review, Power Electronics Technology, and Arkansas Times. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.S. in journalism from the University of Kansas.

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