Annual Xcel Energy Lineman's Rodeo Tonight


AMARILLO -- Electric lineman from across the region will showcase their work and safety skills at the 23rd Lone Star Lineman’s Rodeo tonight at 6 p.m. at Xcel Energy’s Amarillo Technical Center, 7801 E. Interstate 40.

The competition begins at 6 p.m. and will feature contests in two traditional line competitions and three mystery events. The top four Xcel Energy Texas and New Mexico teams and apprentices from the Amarillo event will earn a trip to the International Lineman’s Rodeo in October in Bonner Springs, Kan.

Teams will compete in the Pole Climb with Raw Egg, Hurt-Man Rescue, and three mystery events.

The pole climb involves a lineman climbing a pole with an egg in a canvas bucket, removing the egg and placing it in his mouth, knocking loose an existing bucket atop the pole, and descending with the unbroken egg in his mouth.

Hurt-Man Rescue scores a lineman’s ability to rescue a 165-pound, life-size dummy from atop a pole and bringing the dummy safely to the ground, secured in rescue rigging. Mystery events are unknown events that cannot be practiced ahead of the competition, but involve everyday job and safety skills expected of a utility lineman.

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