Electric Utility Linemen Set to Compete at Gaff-n-Go Rodeo

13th Annual Competition Takes Place March 27-28 at Caroline County Agricultural Fairgrounds

The public can get a closer look at the skills and equipment used by electric utility linemen on March 27 and 28 when teams from Virginia and surrounding states compete in the 13th annual Gaff-n-Go Lineman’s Rodeo and the Terex® Equipment Operator’s Rodeo at the Caroline County Agricultural Fairgrounds.

Activities begin Friday, March 27 at 10:15 a.m. with the Terex® Equipment Operators Rodeo. Participants will demonstrate their skills operating bucket trucks, digger derricks and other utility equipment. The Gaff-n-Go Lineman’s Rodeo begins the next morning, Saturday, March 28, at 8 a.m. and concludes at 3 p.m. The 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.

Maxie Rozell, REC’s manager of safety, security and risk management said, “The Gaff-n-Go Rodeo highlights the special skill set needed to do a lineman’s job: discipline, good training, teamwork, and confidence. The events are timed, but performing tasks with the fewest safety infractions is most important.”

The public is encouraged to attend the event. Admission and parking are free. On Saturday there will be children’s activities from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. 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.

REC provides electric service to nearly 160,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, the Cooperative manages 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. Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.