Web Extra: Jaice Sheffield, an apprentice at Farmers EC, pulls his gear in a wagon and carries his hot stick between events at the rodeo. He walks past a group of people watching their friends and family members compete.
Web Extra: Barbecue smokers get an early start among the stately pecans at Nolte Island Park in Seguin. Attendees feast on barbecue after the competition, and 39 teams also enter their meat in the barbecue cook-off.
Web Extra: Apprentice lineman Jacob Morrow from Guadalupe Valley EC competes in the three-phase transformer bank event while judge and journeyman lineman Jason Faucett from Bartlett EC inspects his work.
Web Extra: Devices called climbers or hooks strap around a lineman’s legs and boots. They have sharp gaffs along the inner soles that dig into the wood, enabling lineman to more readily and safely climb poles.
Web Extra: Madonna Tondre of the Lone Star Barbecue Society watches over the judges during the brisket tasting. Greg Miller and his HILCO EC teammates won the brisket competition and were voted barbecue grand champions.
IMAGE: Dave Shafer
More than 250 electric linemen challenged themselves in tests of skill July 16 at the Texas Lineman’s Rodeo in Seguin. Every event demanded that competitors race the clock and pass the scrutiny of the judges, who scored the linemen on proper technique and safety requirements.
When the competition ended, the linemen joined their families to celebrate with a Texas-sized barbecue cook-off.
-------------------- Tom Widlowski is the Texas Co-op Power associate editor.
The annual Texas Lineman’s Rodeo in Seguin brings out the competitive drive among linemen, and it brings out family and friends to cheer on their favorite linemen. After the competition, the day turns into a huge family picnic.