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Holding Village: South Franklin Street off Rogers Rd. Wake Forest, NC 27587
The Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo is the nation's foremost showcase of public power lineworker skill and knowledge — and its coming to Wake Forest on April 28, 2018!
At the rodeo, apprentice and journeyman lineworkers from across the United States will compete for professional recognition and display essential job skills — 30 feet above ground!
Additional details will be provided in the coming days, but make plans now to attend this incredible event, which is free and open to the public.
The Lineworkers Rodeo will take place in Wake Forest's Holding Village, located off South Franklin Street via Rogers Road.
Lineworkers Rodeo 101
At the lineworkers rodeo, apprentices (lineworkers have have less than four years of experience) and teams of journeymen (lineworkers with more than four years of experience) compete in events that mimic tasks they perform on the job. There's no live electricity involved in these events, but the competitors must use procedures as if there is.
There are 10 events in all. Apprentices compete in four rodeo events and take a written test the day before the rodeo. Teams of three or four journeymen compete in five rodeo events.
Competitors are judged on safety, work practices, neatness, ability and equipment handling. The goal of each competitor, whether solo or team, is completing each event perfectly, with no deductions for mistakes, also called infractions or gigs. Competitors who score the highest — which usually means no infractions — in the fastest time win! Winners are declared for each event and for overall apprentice and overall journeyman team.
Each event has a Chief Judge who is in charge of that event. There are usually 10 stations per event, so multiple linemen can compete at once. An event judge mans each event station. Overseeing all the events are a Master Apprentice Judge and a Master Journeyman Judge.
— Double Dead-End Bell Change Out
— Hurtman Rescue
— Rope Toss
— Sidewalk Guy
— Written Test
— 4kV 600 Amp Switch Replacement
— 4kV Four Bell Change Out
— 4kV Crossarm Change Out
— 4kV Jumper Replacement
— Hurtman Rescue
For more information, visit wakeforestnc.gov/2018-public-power-lineworkers-rodeo.aspx.