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Time for a Rodeo

March 15, 2018   By Jessica Yourko in Community

Do you have any big plans for this St. Patrick’s Day weekend? If not, let me help you make some.

On Saturday, March 17, the Conway campus of Horry Georgetown Technical College will play host to the 21st annual Santee Cooper Lineworker’s Rodeo. It’s a cool event and it’s kid friendly. There are things for them to enjoy, too. 

The rodeo was established in 1988 to determine which teams would represent Santee Cooper at the International Lineman’s Rodeo, held that year in Kansas City, Mo.

In 2002, it was decided to expand the rodeo and invite qualified individuals and teams from the state’s electric cooperatives to participate in this friendly competition. 

While the rodeo may have started with very humble beginnings, it has grown considerably. It’s an event that lineworkers look forward to participating in every year, partly for the camaraderie that comes with working with others in your trade and partly, perhaps most importantly, bragging rights amongst your peers.

The event provides participants the opportunity to showcase their skills, training and talents in a fun and safe environment.  It offers family, friends and co-workers the ability to see what is required by a lineworker on a day-to-day basis, both physically and mentally.  The rodeo also highlights the importance of safety and teamwork when working in a trade such as this.

The 2018 rodeo will include events for apprentices and journeymen.  Some of the other events are:  hurt-man rescue, knots and lift, obstacle course, dead-end bell change, crossarm change, and much more. 

The event kicks off at 8 a.m. with a flag raising ceremony.  Besides watching the hurt-man rescue, the flag ceremony is my favorite thing to see. 

There is no admission charge and food vendors will be on site to make sure you stay full and hydrated.  Activities for the kids will also be available.

Still undecided?  Check out this video from last year’s event. We hope to see you there.