Minnesota Lineworkers Rodeo

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Minnesota Lineworkers Rodeo

Date: October 15, 2019
  • 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: MMUA Training Center, 1004 Michigan Road, Marshall, MN
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Due to recent response for mutual aid to Florida and the deployment of crews from across the state, the Rodeo has been rescheduled to October 15. The Overhead School will be held on October 15-18 concurrent with the Cross Training School. All schedules will remain the same. Only the dates have changed.

Competitors who were previously registered for the Rodeo will be automatically moved to the new date (no need to re-register). Competitors unable to attend the new date are asked to notify MMUA by 4:30 pm September 27.


Join us for the 3rd Annual Minnesota Lineworkers Rodeo!

The Lineworkers Rodeo is open to all lineworkers! You don't have to be from Minnesota to participate.

The Rodeo offers lineworkers the opportunity to step out of your comfort zone as you challenge yourself to complete in three different events with skill and proficiency!

Rodeo events are individual so any Apprentice or Journeyman 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 is FREE for MMUA members.


9:00 am  Competitor Check In
9:45 am  Opening Ceremony
10:00 am - 12:30 pm  Rodeo Competition
11:00 am - 12:00 pm  Lunch Served
5:00 pm  Awards Reception

Events – Individual Apprentice and Journeyman

Hurtman Rescue, Single Phase Conductor Tie In, and Obstacle Course

Description of Events

Event 1: Hurtman Rescue

Mean Time: 4 min. / Drop Dead Time: 6 min.
The competitor will rescue a “hurtman” mannequin that is attached to the top of a pole. Time starts on 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: Single Phase Conductor Tie In

Mean Time: 8 min. / Drop Dead Time: 12 min. 
Framing on this event will be single phase. The phase and neutral conductors will be in stringing sheaves, with 6' spacing between phase and neutral conductor. For this event, the competitor is required to hand tie both the phase and neutral using aluminum tie wire to the phase insulator and neutral spool. Time starts on judge's signal with competitor at arm's length away from pole and fall arrest system detached from the pole. Aluminum tie wire will be provided. Competitor will use The Lineman's & Cableman's Handbook, chapter 22, figure 22.29 for side tie and 22.31 for top tie. Competitor is required to have a handline to pull up and lower to the ground tie wires. Note: Apprentice and Journeyman perform same event.

Event 3: Obstacle Course

Mean Time: 8 min. / Drop Dead Time: 10 min.
The obstacle course will consist of climbing up through and over crossarms, transitioning to a new position at a different level and completing a task before proceeding.

Time starts on 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 dead-end 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 bring down to the ground. After touching the blade, the competitor will reinstall 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 – Journeyman

Registration Fee

This entire event is free to lineworkers whose utility/company is an MMUA member, however, registration is required by August 16. Non-member fee: $25 per person. Register online or complete the registration form by August 16, 2019. Sorry, no on-site registrations.


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.

printable version of the Minnesota Lineworkers Rodeo brochure is also available. (Brochure does not have updated date.)


All competitors and volunteers must complete a waiver form and an emergency contact form. Use the form links below:



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