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Let’s Rodeo!

Linemen from across Kentucky show off their skills

A lineman from Warren Electric competes in the 2017 Kentucky Lineman's Rodeo. Photo: Thom Whittinghill
Part of the rodeo featured a memorial service, honoring those linemen who have passed. Photo: Thom Whittinghill
Lineman raise the flag during the memorial service on Friday, Sept. 29. Photo: Thom Whittinghill
A lineman from Inter-County RECC competes in the 2017 Kentucky Lineman's Rodeo. Photo: Thom Whittinghill
A lineman from Nolin RECC competes in the 2017 Kentucky Lineman's Rodeo. Photo: Thom Whittinghill
A team from West Kentucky RECC competes in the 2017 Kentucky Lineman's Rodeo. Photo: Thom Whittinghill
A team from Jackson Energy took home the trophy at the 2017 Kentucky Lineman's Rodeo. Photo: Thom Whittinghill

More than 86 linemen from 15 of Kentucky’s electric co-ops traveled to London, Kentucky last week to compete in the 13th annual Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives Lineman’s Rodeo.  The two-day event gave the lineman the opportunity to show off their skills in hopes of bringing home the main trophy.

In the end, it was the host Jackson Energy that took home the big prize.  For full list of winners, click here.

“This was our first time hosting the rodeo,” said Carol Wright, President & CEO of Jackson Energy. “We were so pleased to see so many of our co-ops come out for this event.”

The competition was held at Laurel London County Fairgrounds and featured both team and individual events.

“It’s a good working tool for keeping safe,” said Michael Ramsey, a lineman from South Kentucky RECC. “Speed matters, but it’s not the main thing. Safety’s an issue, and the more we concentrate on that, the more people who are going to go home safe every day. And that’s the best part of the rodeo.”

Here are highlights from the event:

 

 

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