On July 15th the Texas Lineman's Rodeo Association held their annual competition in Seguin, Texas, outside of San Antonio. In lineman rodeos working linemen showcase the skills they use on the job in competitive, timed events. 31 teams participated this year. Both seasoned linemen (journeymen) and up-and-comers (apprentices) compete. The rodeos provide an opportunity for linemen to help each other improve their trade; show everyday folks what it is linemen do; and honor linemen who have died in "the field of duty."
Some of the skill tests include rescuing 180 pound mannequins, climbing power poles carrying baskets (with an egg inside) with their teeth and tying difficult knots.
Because linemen work in grueling, dangerous conditions, the community is very close-knit. This is the squad from El Paso Electric.
Dozens of linemen die every year on the job. Besides being a sporting event, the rodeos are a way to remember them. Organizations like Fallen Linemen are at the rodeo to help support families who have lost men and women who worked as linemen.
The rodeo featured in this video is just one of many lineman rodeos across the country. The largest is the International Lineman's Rodeo in Bonner Springs, KS.