Minnesota Lineworkers Rodeo

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Minnesota Lineworkers Rodeo

Date: September 12, 2023
  • Sep 12, 2023 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: MMUA Training Center, 1004 Michigan Road, Marshall, MN
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The Rodeo offers all lineworkers an opportunity to step out of your comfort zone as you challenge yourself to complete three different events safely, accurately and proficiently!

This year's events include hurtman rescue, an obstacle course, and a mystery event. 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/reception at The Gambler in Marshall

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 bare 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. This rescue will consist of using the screwdriver method as it will be on a bare pole.
Apprentice and Journeyman perform same event.

Event 2: 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 at judge’s signal. The competitor will then climb a 40-foot pole equipped with three crossarms. The competitor will need to relocate the lowest wood crossarm 180 degrees. They will then transition above the middle arm. Once at the top crossarm, the competitor will transfer the 100amp 15KV slugged switch mounted on an “L” bracket (moving only the switch). The competitor may begin their work at the top or bottom arm.

Once back on the ground, the competitor will 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 only if gaff guards are used. 
Apprentice and Journeyman perform same event.

Event 3: Mystery event

Registered competitors will be sent an email with the description of this event the day prior to the Rodeo.

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

Registration fee

This entire event is free to lineworkers whose utility/company is an MMUA member, however, registration is required. Non-member fee: $25 per person. Register online by August 14, 2023. 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 apprentices and top three journeymen. Awards will be presented during the reception at The Gambler.

Hotel information—Marshall, MN

Marshall offers many hotel options, in addition to the hotels listed here. MMUA has arranged for discounted lodging at the AmericInn and EverSpring Inn. Please ask for MMUA’s reduced rate when making your reservation. We recommend making your hotel reservation as soon as possible, as availability cannot be guaranteed. 

AmericInn by Wyndham
1406 East Lyon Street
Marshall, MN

EverSpring Inn & Suites (formerly Ramada Inn)
1500 East College Drive
Marshall, MN

Sleep Inn & Suites
1300 Nwakama Street
Marshall, MN


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 phone 507.530.2096 or email craveling@mmua.org or Theresa Neddermeyer by phone 763.551.1230 or email tneddermeyer@mmua.org.

printable version of the brochure is also available.