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Not Our First Rodeo

July 2024

We are now fully into the summer season, and what better way to kick it off than with our Fourth of July holiday, a significant event that commemorates the establishment of our great country. This holiday holds a special place in our hearts, not only for its historical significance but also for the joy it brings as we gather with our loved ones for fireworks, cookouts and various outdoor activities.

This month’s feature story focuses on an extraordinary event for our lineworkers’ families. We had a chance to celebrate our 20th-anniversary Gaff-n-Go Rodeo in record-setting fashion. There were over 300 lineworkers, teams from 11 states, a first-ever drone competition, expanded events for kids, and over 70 vendor booths. It is a unique event that brings everyone together in the spirit of friendly competition. Still, to me the absolute joy is watching a lineworker’s child stand in amazement as they watch their dad or mom perform the duties that usually happen only during the worst weather while everyone else is safe at home. The focus on getting the lights back on for our members safely is engrained in everything our cooperatives and lineworkers do.

Our July issue includes a feature on Miss Rodeo Virginia, a heartwarming article written by a Mecklenburg County teacher, and a story about Ms. Agvocate USA, who advocates agriculture in Anne Arundel County, Md. Of course, one of the main highlights of our July issue, as always, is the annual Cooperative Living Youth Art contest, where once again, our young artists were truly amazing.

We invite you to delve into this issue of Cooperative Living and look forward to your family joining us at next year’s Gaff-n-Go Rodeo, scheduled for May 16 and 17 at Meadow Event Park in Doswell, Va. It’s an event that promises to be as exciting and memorable as the ones before, and we look forward to seeing you there.

Brian S. Mosier, President & CEO
Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives