Gaff-n-Go Lineman’s Rodeo

10 th Annual Competition Takes Place March 30 & 31 in Caroline County

Linemen spend their lives working on power lines, forty feet in the air with life threatening electricity flowing to deliver power to homes and businesses every day. To work in this field, linemen must utilize the safest skills and techniques, as well as tools and equipment. To display such skills, more than 90 linemen from Virginia and neighboring states will participate in 10th annual Gaff-n-Go Lineman’s Rodeo and the Terex® Equipment Operator’s Rodeo March 30 and 31 at the Caroline County Agricultural Fairgrounds.

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative lineman, Willy Williams, works on a recloser during the obstacle course in the 2011 Gaff-n-Go Rodeo - Photo courtesy Rappahannock Electric Cooperative

Maxie Rozell, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative’s (REC) director of safety and security, said, “REC is proud to have linemen from our Blue Ridge district competing, coaching, judging or assisting in the competition. These guys will travel from Frederick, Clarke, Warren, Rappahannock and Fauquier counties to participate and promote education and safe electric working practices. The rodeo also highlights special qualities needed to be a lineman – discipline, good training, teamwork, and confidence. Judges time all events, but performing tasks with the fewest safety infractions is most important. We take pride in the outstanding skills and abilities of REC’s linemen and in the outstanding job they do every day.”

Activities begin Friday, March 30 at 11:30 a.m. with the Terex® Equipment Operators Rodeo. Participants will demonstrate their skills operating bucket trucks and other utility equipment. The Gaff-n-Go Lineman’s Rodeo begins the next morning, Saturday, March 31, at 8 a.m. The public is encouraged to attend. Admission and parking are free. For more information on the rodeo and directions to the Caroline County Agricultural Fairgrounds, visit www.gaff-n-go.com or www.facebook.com/gaffngo .

The Gaff-n-Go Lineman’s Rodeo is the only event of its type held in Virginia. The name Gaff-n-Go refers to the “gaff” (metal spike) linemen attach to their boots to assist in climbing wooden utility poles.  REC provides electric service to over 155,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative maintains more than 16,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay.