Root for Bluebonnet linemen at rodeo

Bluebonnet Journeyman Lineman Brandon Johnson competed in the hurt-man rescue event at last year’s Texas Lineman’s Rodeo.

Bluebonnet will send 12 journeyman linemen and three apprentice linemen to compete against their peers from across the state in the 16th annual Texas Lineman’s Rodeo next month in Seguin.

The journeyman linemen will compete as four-man teams in five events that showcase the skills they use every day to provide safe, reliable electric service to our members. The apprentices will compete in five individual events that will test the skills they hone on their way to becoming a journeyman. Among the events are the hurt-man rescue from the top of a pole and the egg climb, where competitors race to the top of a pole and back down without – hopefully – breaking a raw egg held in their mouth.      

Bluebonnet’s rodeo team has been practicing two days a week and on the occasional Saturday since May. Randall Bownds, Bluebonnet’s team captain, said the hours of practice and hard work are worth the effort.     

“We love to compete with our fellow linemen,” Bownds said. “It’s like a brotherhood. Knowing you’re part of an elite group, knowing there are not a lot of people who can do this job really drives you.”    

Bluebonnet’s rodeo teams have had great success in past years. Performing well at the Texas rodeo can qualify teams for the national event in Bonner Springs, Kansas.    

The rodeo is Saturday, July 21, five miles southeast of Seguin at Nolte Island Park, 2220 FM 466. Come out and support Bluebonnet’s team and learn more about what it takes to provide electricity to your home, school or business.      

For more information about the Texas Lineman’s Rodeo, go to tlra.org or call Susan Wilson with the association at 830-386-4423.

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About Will Holford

Have you ever wondered about the future of electric use? Perhaps you’re curious about how some global or national events might impact your power, the environment or your bill? Maybe you’re just interested in what’s going on at Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative. We want to share what we know, and that’s what the Bluebonnet Blog is about. Will Holford, Bluebonnet’s Manager of Public Affairs, is going to write most often for the blog. He’s been with the co-op since 2007, and has worked in communications for more than 14 years. Will enjoys learning about energy – and writing about it. He and other Bluebonnet employees (and occasional guest contributors) will get the conversation going -- about everything from where your power is generated to where it’s used, advances in technology, changes that will affect you, and interesting peeks behind the scenes at the co-op. We welcome your comments, questions and ideas. Email Will at will.holford@bluebonnet.coop.
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