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Lineworker rodeo celebrates 19th season

July 2023


THE VIRGINIA, MARYLAND & DELAWARE ASSOCIATION OF ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES hosted its 19th annual Gaff-n-Go Lineworker Rodeo in May. More than 200 utility lineworkers from seven states, including North and South Carolina, New York and California, gathered at The Meadow Event Park in Doswell, Va., on May 19 and 20 for the two-day competition, which also featured more than 60 vendor exhibits and a barbecue competition.

“Every day, lineworkers go out to serve communities. In storms, in high wind, on holidays, no matter what, lineworkers are there to keep the lights on for families. VMDAEC’s lineworker rodeo is about celebrating that and giving the community an opportunity to see all the skill that goes into doing what lineworkers do,” says Community Electric Cooperative President and CEO Steve Harmon.

“VMDAEC is proud that this year’s rodeo shattered participation records,” says VMDAEC CEO Brian Mosier. “Lineworkers are on the front lines keeping our communities going — celebrating these lineworkers, emphasizing worker safety and efficiency, and watching them compete with the best of the best is why we’ve been out here for 19 years, and it’s why we’ll be out here for years to come.”

VMDAEC would like to thank Terex Corporation and all the sponsors of this year’s competition. Next year’s Gaff-n-Go Rodeo will be held May 17 and 18.


For more, visit gaff-n-go.com.