Minnesota Lineworkers Rodeo

Tuesday, September 10, 2024
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (CDT)

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!

Apprentice and Journeyman competitors will perform the same three events individually. Everyone who participates will receive a commemorative t-shirt and is invited to join us for our awards ceremony that afternoon. Registration is FREE for lineworkers who are MMUA members.

Click on the image to the right to download a flyer for the Rodeo.

Hurtman Rescue
Mean time: 4 minutes
Drop dead time: 6 minutes

The competitor will rescue a “hurt” 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: This will be a bare pole, and the screwdriver method shall be used for rescue.

Rope Toss
Mean time: 3 minutes
Drop dead time: 5 minutes

The competitor will throw a rope over an 8’ fiberglass cross arm mounted at 28’ 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’ 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.

Single-Phase Equipotential Grounding
Mean time: 6 minutes
Drop dead time: 9 minutes

The competitor will climb a 40’ pole and install an equipotential ground on the single-phase line. Competitors may load their material bag with the provided cluster bracket and grounds during the set-up time. An 8’ shotgun stick will already be hanging in a bag located at the neutral, with a simulated voltage tester attached to bottom of stick. A visible open-air gap has already been established. The competitor shall follow the equipotential grounding procedures per the APPA standards (APPA Safety Manual, 17th edition, page 273, section 514.1 (i)). Time will stop when the competitor establishes an equipotential zone (EPZ) and signals to the judge they are complete.

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. 

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Theresa Neddermeyer

Theresa Neddermeyer

Safety Services Coordinator, Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association

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