Minnesota Lineworkers Rodeo

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Minnesota Lineworkers Rodeo

Date: September 11, 2018
  • 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: MMUA Training Center, 1004 Michigan Road, Marshall, MN
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Join us for the 2nd Annual Minnesota Lineworkers Rodeo!

Don't let the name fool you. You don't have to be from Minnesota to participate. The Rodeo is open to any lineworker!

The Rodeo offers lineworkers the opportunity to increase proficiency, gain confidence and experience some healthy competition. Again this year, events will be single-person so that any lineworker can participate! Everyone who participates will receive a commemorative tee-shirt and is invited to join us for our awards reception in the evening. Registration for this event is free to MMUA members.


9:00 am  Competitor Check In
9:45 am  Opening Ceremony
10:00 am - 12:30 pm  Rodeo Competition
12:00 - 1:00 pm  Lunch Served
5:00 pm  Awards Reception

Events – Individual Apprentice and Journeyman

Hurtman Rescue, Rope Toss, Obstacle Course

Description of Events

Event 1: Hurtman Rescue - allotted time: 6 min.
The competitor will rescue a “hurtman” mannequin that is attached to the top of a pole. Time starts at the judge’s signal with competitor standing at least an arm’s length from pole in any direction. The lineworker’s belt, hooks and rubber gloves in bag will be lying on the ground at arm’s length. NOTE: Apprentice event is simulated dead; standard work gloves acceptable.

Event 2: Rope Toss - allotted time: 5 min. 
The competitor will throw a rope over an 8-foot fiberglass crossarm mounted at 28 feet above the ground on a 40-foot pole. The competitor must tie one end to a guy wire using a rolling bend knot. The guy wire is 20 feet long and one end is attached to an existing anchor. The rope must be pulled tight and tied to another anchor using a bowline on a bight with two snub hitches. Rope will be provided and laid out at each event station. The specified knots are the only knots that will be accepted and can be found in the Lineman's and Cableman's Handbook. NOTE: Apprentice and Journeyman perform the same event.

Event 3: Obstacle Course - allotted time: 10 min.
The obstacle course will consist of climbing up through and over crossarms, transitioning to a new position at a different level. At each level there will be another task to perform before proceeding on to the next level.

Time states at judge's signal. The competitor will then climb a 40-foot pole equipped with three crossarms. The competitor will stop at each arm and relocate the arm-mounted device to the opposite end of the arm. The competitor may begin device transfer at the top arm or the bottom arm.

The lowest crossarm will be mounted at 22 feet equipped with a drop-in pin mounted polymer 15kV tie-top insulator. The second arm mounted six feet higher, at 28 feet, will be equipped with a 15kV polymer deadend insulator. The top arm mounted five feet above the second arm, at 33 feet, will be equipped with a polymer 100 amp 15kV fused switch mounted on an “L” bracket (moving only the switch).

Once back on the ground, the competitor shall use an extendo stick to open the switch (using the eye of the door), remove the solid blade and close the switch (using the eye of the door). Climbing tools may be worn while using extendo stick as long as gaff guards are used. NOTE: Apprentice and Journeyman perform same event.

Quick Links to Competitor Information

What to Bring

  • Hard Hat
  • Safety Glasses
  • Work Gloves
  • Work Boots
  • Handline
  • Climbing Gear with Fall Restraint
  • Rain Gear
  • Minimum Class 2 Rubber Gloves – Journeymen

Registration Fee

This event is free to lineworkers whose utility/company is an MMUA member, however, registration is required. Non-member fee: $25 per person. Complete the registration form or register online by August 17, 2018. Sorry, no on-site registration.


The top three overall winners in the Apprentice and Journeyman categories will be awarded a trophy. Plus, in each individual event, plaques will be awarded to the top three Apprentice and top three Journeyman. Awards will be presented at the Reception.

Hotel / Motel Information - Marshall, MN

For a map of hotels in Marshall, click HERE. The AmericInn and Ramada offer special pricing for participants. Just ask for MMUA's reduced rate when making your reservation.


By registering for this event I, the attendee, authorize Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association (MMUA) to photograph me at this event and use such photographs in MMUA marketing materials (both electronic and print). I understand that I will not be paid for giving this consent. 


Please contact Theresa Neddermeyer by email tneddermeyer@mmua.org or phone 763.551.1230.

A printable version of the Minnesota Lineworkers Rodeo brochure is also available.


All competitors and volunteers must complete a waiver form and an emergency contact form.


Thank You, Annual Sponsors

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Video Captures 2016 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo

We now have a 4-minute rodeo recap video of the 2016 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo, live on the MMUA YouTube channel.  It features great footage and interviews with a number of key players in the event.  The April 2 event was hosted by Shakopee Public Utilities and MMUA, and brought together lineworkers from across the country. Watch this video and enjoy reliving that amazing day.  Be sure to bundle up before you click!