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Electricians rodeo bolts into Craig

Frank Ameduri

There’s a supercharged event at Loudy Simpson Park in Craig tomorrow, and all comers will have a chance to be entertained, and to compete beginning with opening ceremonies at 7 a.m.[p

The Lineman’s Rodeo is coming to town, and it will have a little something for everyone according to Vick Rose, line superintendent for Yampa Valley Electric. “There will competition for the linemen, but there will be a little lineman’s rodeo, too,” he said. “Something for the kiddies.”[p

The linemen will compete in six different events, and they all should provide plenty of excitement for the crowd, according to Rose. The high-voltage wire performers will compete in rope splicing, transformer work, hurt-man rescue and hot stick work. “There’s even a finesse-type competition where they’ll race up the poles with eggs in their mouths,” Rose said.[p

About 20 telephone poles were raised at the park by workers from Cromer Contracting in Craig, White River Electric Association and Yampa Valley Electric Association. The west end of the park looks like an electrician’s enchanted forest.[p

The linemen won’t be the only people having fun at the event, which concludes with a western-style banquet at 6:30 p.m.[p

There will also be a women’s speed climbing event, high-voltage demonstrations and a bucket ride that will lift intrepid spectators 115 feet into the air.[p

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Rose said there will also be, “a ton of giveaways for the kids.”[p

For early risers, who make the opening ceremonies, there will also be an all-you-can-eat breakfast hosted by the Craig Lion’s Club. The cost of the breakfast is $3.50.[p

The Lineman’s Rodeo is open to the public, and Rose expects a good turnout.