Lineman’s Rodeo Brings High Climbers From Western States to Compete and Show Off Skills

June 06, 2017

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SALT LAKE CITY — They help keep the lights on, appliances running and houses cool in one of the most dangerous jobs in the energy industry. And this week nearly 200 linemen from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), in partnership with Rocky Mountain Power, will go head to head in the 24th Annual Utah Lineman’s Rodeo on June 10.

Justin Halloran, Rocky Mountain Power lineman and chairman of the Lineman’s Rodeo Committee, said the event is not only an exciting way to showcase the type of skill linemen must develop, like speed climbing and rescue, but also an opportunity to demonstrate new technology and the latest methods to stay safe.

“When you are a lineman, you are highly visible in the community and that draws a lot of interest.” Halloran said. “It is exciting for linemen to bring their family and friends and be able show off the skills that they use from day to day.”

The event, which includes a car show, raffle, food trucks, a golf outing and kids’ activities, is free and open to the public. Proceeds from food and merchandise sales and donations go to the University of Utah Burn Center.

“The U of U Burn Center is very near and dear to our industry because some of our brothers and sisters have been affected by electrical shock or burns.” said Maake Maumau, IBEW 57 assistant business manager. “They have been saved and healed by the great work they do at the center.”

An awards banquet and auction will be held after the rodeo at Little America. Donations and tickets can be purchased both on the website or at Utah Power Credit Union, a Platinum corporate sponsor and service provider for the event.

What: Utah Lineman’s Rodeo
When: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday, June 10
Where: 3000 S. Lester St. (1575 W.), West Valley City
More info and photos: www.utahlinemansrodeo.com
 

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