YVEA rodeo to bring hundreds of people to area

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Northwest Colorado puts on many different rodeos, but this summer Craig will be home to a rodeo that most people in the area have never seen.

For the first time Craig will be the host city to electrical linemen from Colorado and the surrounding states as Yampa Valley Electric Association (YVEA), White River Electric Association and Cromer Contracting will sponsor the Rocky Mountain Region Lineman's Rodeo.

The 11th annual lineman's rodeo will be held July 29 at Loudy-Simpson Park.

Electrical linemen are workers who build and maintain overhead and underground electrical lines and facilities. The Lineman's Rodeo allows workers to compete in events that mirror the work they do.

Vic Rose, line superintendent for Yampa Valley Electric Association, believes there will be events that will challenge any lineman's skills. Events include the egg race, where linemen race to climb an electrical pole while caring an egg; rope splicing; overhead wire maintenance; underground wire maintenance; and three mystery events that will not be revealed to competitors until the event.

According to Rose, the competition allows linemen to express their pride in the craft while helping out the lineman's program at Mesa State College where proceeds from the competition will go to scholarships.

The rodeo will also benefit Craig. The event is expected to bring in more than 500 people from Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico.

"We're fired up to bring it here," said Rose. "It was good of the board of directors and general managers of the sponsoring companies to allow us to bring it to Craig and to support this event. I've waited a long time to bring the rodeo here. We're excited about putting this on."

The wining team from this rodeo will go on to represent the Rocky Mountain Region at the national rodeo in St. Louis, Mo.

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