Electric cooperative linemen will compete at the Indiana Electric Cooperative Lineman Rodeo Aug. 24-25 at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds in Danville. The two-day, family-friendly event showcases the skills and safety training of electric cooperative lineworkers.
The rodeo includes competitive events for apprentices, journeyman lineworkers and teams of three. Lineworkers will be tested on skills such as pole climbing, hurt man rescue and safely changing electric line hardware, recognizing and rewarding excellence in safety, skill and knowledge.
A total of 28 teams and 102 individuals from 24 Indiana electric cooperatives will compete in this year’s event.
“This event allows our linemen to refine and demonstrate the skills needed to safely perform as a lineman,” said Jon Elkins, vice president of safety, training and compliance at Indiana Electric Cooperatives. “Linemen have a lot of pride in the work they do and it’s great they are able to demonstrate these skills in a competitive environment.”
The rodeo begins Thursday, Aug. 24, with opening ceremonies at 8 a.m., and the individual and team events at 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The event continues Friday with a Lineman Memorial at 8 a.m. and team events running from 8:30 a.m. to noon. On Aug. 24, the event will include a kids’ zone, with activities, face painting and a shaved ice truck from noon to 4 p.m.
Attendance to the event is free and open to the public. Entrance to the event will be located at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds Gate 5 off N. County Road 200 E.