Linemen show off skills at Xcel Energy rodeo event

Published: Jul. 15, 2022 at 8:45 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 15, 2022 at 10:14 PM CDT
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AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) - Linemen with Xcel Energy showed off their skills today at the 28th Lone Star Lineman’s Rodeo in Amarillo.

The event was held at Xcel’s Don Taylor Rodeo Grounds at 7801 E. I-40, and had individual and team events.

Tonight, there were 92 linemen from Texas, New Mexico and Colorado who were tested on their knowledge of electricity, safety and skills in climbing poles and performing construction and repair tasks on utility poles.

“The cool thing about it is families get to come out here and watch them work,” said Wes Reeves, spokesman for Xcel. “Normally these guys are getting called out at all hours and daddy leaves, and we don’t see him again for a while, so the kids get to see what their dad does and it’s just really a fantastic opportunity.

Teams, consisting of two climbing journeyman and a groundman, competed in pole climb with raw egg, hurt-man rescue and three mystery events.

Individuals competed in five events, which are apprentice hurt-man rescue, pole climbing events, a written test and two mystery events.

Winners from the event have a chance of qualifying for Xcel’s national rodeo in the fall.

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