Lineworkers Rodeo

The ultimate venue for public power lineworkers to demonstrate their skill and knowledge while competing for professional recognition.
March 25 - 26, 2022
Austin, TX

2021 Virtual Public Power Rodeo Challenge


Why virtual?
We're coordinating this friendly competition amongst public power utilities to 1. thank our essential “front line” lineworkers who have labored tirelessly 24/7 through the pandemic and all manner of extreme weather conditions, and 2. promote awareness of and participation in the planned in-person 2022 lineworker rodeo in Austin, TX.
The APPA Rodeo Committee has endorsed this activity as a way to help recognize lineworkers since the 2021 in-person rodeo was canceled due to pandemic-related health and safety concerns (see note below). 
We are looking for participating utilities to shoot creative videos of lineworkers introducing themselves and their communities and calling out another utility against which they’d like to compete in the 2022 in-person rodeo.  

Given the evolving situation regarding COVID-19 and travel restrictions issued by some member utilities, APPA decided to cancel the in-person 2021 Lineworkers Rodeo. Though we are sad to cancel the 2021 Rodeo, the 2022 Rodeo is still on. See you in Austin!

Click here to learn more about the decisions made about Q1 2021 events.

Please feel free to reach out to us at [email protected] with any questions or concerns.

2019 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo Results

The results from the 2019 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo are now in.

Thank you once again to all of our competitors, judges, and volunteers! We hope to see you all again in 2020 in Kansas City, Kansas.

View pictures from the 2019 Awards Banquet.

Please contact the rodeo team at [email protected] if you have any questions!

Friday, March 25

All events on Friday take place at location TBD.

7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.: Training Course Registration

8:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.: Training Courses for Apprentices and Journeyman Lineworkers

11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Indoor Vendor Expo: Connect with industry experts and learn about their latest products and services

11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Rodeo Registration & Sales: Registration for apprentice, journeyman teams, judges, and auditors.

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Judges, Greeters/Auditors Meeting (Mandatory Event): Judges and greeters/auditors must register prior to attending this meeting. Judges will proceed to the Apprentice Written Test after this meeting.

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.: Apprentice Written Test Event: Apprentices must register prior to this event and arrive by 4:00 p.m. for the test.

Saturday, March 26

The rodeo competition takes place at the location TBD. The rodeo awards banquet takes place at the location TBD

7:30 a.m.: Opening Ceremony

8:00 a.m.: 2022 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo Competition

8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Outdoor Lineworkers Rodeo Vendor Expo

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.: Written Test Chief Event Judge Available for Q&A

6:00 p.m.: Rodeo Awards Banquet (Tickets Required): Competitors, judges, volunteers, families, and guests are invited to celebrate the Rodeo winners and participants at the location TBD.

Back to Rodeo Agenda


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Apprentice Events:

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Journeyman Events:

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Training Courses


Apprentice Events



For event-specific questions, visit the FAQs page.

For general Rodeo questions, contact [email protected].

Journeyman Events



For event-specific questions, visit the FAQs page.

For general Rodeo questions, contact [email protected].

Awards Banquet Sponsors

Registration for the 2022 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo will open November 2021. 

Hotel information will be provided in November 2021. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Where and when is the next Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo?

Given the evolving situation with regard to COVID-19 and travel restrictions issued by some member utilities, APPA has made the decision to cancel the 2021 Lineworkers Rodeo (date, location). Though we are sad to cancel the 2021 Rodeo, the 2022 Rodeo is still on. See you in Austin!

To ask a question about the rodeo events, please complete this survey

Rodeo Policies

General Rodeo Rules 

Fall Arrest

Code of Conduct

Rodeo FAQs

Event pictures will updated once the Rodeo grounds are built. It is also possible that event descriptions and specs may be updated as well. Notification of modifications will be listed here for your convenience. 

What class of rubber gloves is required?

  • Class 2 rubber gloves.

What are the rules on long cuff leather gloves for ground hands during rodeo events?

  • The rule has been relaxed by removing the verbiage that required a specific length of gauntlet on the work gloves. The general rule states that work gloves must be worn while working on the ground and/or any event where rubber gloves are not required. See General Rules #3, #18and 2 Point Deductions #21 and #22.

Does the Rodeo provide any tools or equipment?

  • The competitor must supply all equipment and tools.

Can the handline be hung on the arm?

  • Yes, the handline can be hung on the arm.

Can the nose bag be hung on the belt?

  • No, the nose bag cannot be hung on the belt.

Can your own nose bag be used for every event?

  • Yes, a lineworker's own nose bags can be used for every event.

Apprentice Event FAQs


Journeyman Event FAQs