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.