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Linemen’s rodeo this weekend at fairgrounds

Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 9:26 am

March 29, 2012 @ 1:15 pm – April 5, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

RUTHER GLEN – More than 90 electric linemen from Virginia and neighboring states will compete in the 10th annual Gaff-n-Go Lineman’s Rodeo and the Terex Equipment Operator’s Rodeo on Friday and Saturday this week.

The Caroline Progress incorrectly reported earlier that the events would be held March 23-24

The events, originally planned to be staged at The Meadow Event Park, will be held at the Caroline County Agricultural Fairgrounds off Jefferson Davis Highway this weekend.

The Gaff-n-Go competition features three-man line crew teams and individual apprentice linemen working 40 feet above the ground on a course of utility poles. Professional linemen will demonstrate their technical skills as they perform a variety of work tasks during timed and scored events. Each team or individual apprentice is judged on the time it takes to perform a task and, more importantly, on whether the task is performed according to safe and efficient work practices.

The Gaff-n-Go Lineman’s Rodeo is the only event of its type held in Virginia. The name of the event refers to the “gaff” (metal spike) linemen attach to their boots to assist in climbing wooden utility poles. The event is sponsored by the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives.

Activities will begin at 11:30 a.m. Friday with the Terex Equipment Operators Rodeo. Participants will demonstrate their expertise in operating bucket trucks and other utility equipment.

The Gaff-n-Go Lineman’s Rodeo begins 8 a.m. Saturday, and 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 or