Minnesota Lineworkers Rodeo

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Minnesota Lineworkers Rodeo

Date: September 14, 2021
  • Sep 14, 2021 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: MMUA Training Center, 1004 Michigan Road, Marshall, MN
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Don't let the name fool you, this event is open to all lineworkers--you don't have to be from Minnesota to participate!

The Rodeo offers Apprentice and Journeyman lineworkers the opportunity to step out of your comfort zone as you compete individually in three timed events, while striving for 100% safety and proficiency!

This year's events include Hurtman Rescue, Pole Top Pin Insulator Change Out, and Obstacle Course. All events are individual. Everyone who participates will receive a commemorative tee-shirt and is invited to join us for our awards ceremony that afternoon. 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 Ceremony at The Gambler in Marshall

Events – Individual Apprentice and Journeyman

Hurtman Rescue, Pole Top Pin Insulator Change Out, 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: Pole Top Pin Insulator Change Out

Mean Time: 5 min. / Drop Dead Time: 7 min. 
This event will consist of changing out the pole top insulator that is tied in with a preform wraplock with a rubber grommet. Competitor must raise/lower all material in a bag attached to the handline (including new rubber grommet). Handline must be attached to the pole when competitor gets into working position. A screwdriver may be used to remove the preform wraplock (no knife or pliers). Competitor's fall arrest must remain attached for event judge verification of proper adjustment. Note: Event will be considered de-energized and grounded; therefore, rubber gloves not required. 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

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

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, 2021. 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 awards ceremony.

Hotel / Motel Information — Marshall, MN

For a map of hotels in Marshall, click HERE. The AmericInn and EverSpring Inn (formerly the 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 Cody Raveling by calling 507.530.2096 or email craveling@mmua.org or Theresa Neddermeyer by calling 763.551.1230 or email tneddermeyer@mmua.org.

printable version of the brochure is also available.


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