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Lineworkers Rodeo

The ultimate venue for public power lineworkers to demonstrate their skill and knowledge while competing for professional recognition.
March 28 - 29, 2025
Roseville, California
Sponsors

2025 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo 

The Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo is the foremost showcase of public power lineworker skill and knowledge – and a unique opportunity for lineworkers to connect with and learn from their nationwide community. Journeyman and apprentice lineworkers compete for professional recognition, attend training, and practice essential skills in a safe environment.

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Top 5 Reasons to Attend the Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo

  1. Compete with the best in public power while learning and practicing safe work practices.
  2. Interact with vendors and discover new products and services at the sponsor showcase.
  3. Participate in hands on training to expand your knowledge and expertise.
  4. Connect with peers from other public power utilities to share best practices.
  5. Bring your family and friends to share the experience and highlight your skills and abilities.

2024 Events

Apprentice Events (apprentices compete individually)

  1. Alley Arm Insulator Change Out
  2. Hurtman Rescue
  3. Single Phase Angle Bell Replacement
  4. Single Phase Conductor Tie In with Armor Rods
  5. Written Test*

* The test will be based on the 17th edition of the APPA Safety Manual which can be purchased through the APPA Product Store.

Journeyman Team Events (Teams include two lineworkers and one groundsman)

  1. 12KV Single Phase Deadend Transfer
  2. 200 Amp Swollen Elbow Repair
  3. 4KV Alley Arm Insulator Change Out
  4. Hurtman Rescue
  5. 12KV 900 Amp Switch Change Out

2024 Results

2024 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo Results

Apprentice

You can find the complete 2024 apprentice anonymized results here.

Journeyman

You can find the complete 2024 journeyman anonymized results here.

Press Release and Winners

To view the press release and winners, please visit this page: https://www.publicpower.org/periodical/article/public-power-lineworkers-demonstrate-skills-and-earn-awards-national-lineworkers-rodeo.

Schedule of Events

Schedule of Events 

All events, including the banquet, will take place @the Grounds, 700 Event Center Drive, Roseville, California.

Friday, March 28, 2025

7:30 – 10 am: Hands-On Training Registration

8 – 11:30 am: Hands-On Training for Apprentices and Journeyman Lineworkers

  • 8 – 9:30 am
     
  • 10 – 11:30 am

10 am – 2 pm: Judges & Auditors Registration

10 am – 5 pm: Sales

Noon – 3 pm: Apprentice Registration

1 – 2 pm:  Auditors Meeting

2 – 4 pm:  Judges & Auditors Meeting

2 – 5 pm: Journeyman Team Registration

4 – 5 pm: Apprentice Written Test — Chief Event Judge available for Q&A

5 – 9 pm: Competitor and Family Pre-Rodeo Celebration/Rodeo Vendor Expo: Join fellow competitors, Rodeo sponsors and vendors, families, and friends for a pre-rodeo celebration with music, food trucks, children's activities, and a t-shirt trade. Bring your t-shirts and exchange with other competitors and teams.


Saturday, March 29, 2025

The rodeo competition takes place @the Grounds, 700 Event Center Drive, Roseville, California.

7:30 am: Opening Ceremony

8 am: Rodeo Competition Begins

8 am – 2 pm: Rodeo Vendor Expo

9:30 am – 2 pm: Children's Events

11:30 am – 1 pm: Q&A with Chief Event Judge

6 pm: Rodeo Awards Banquet — Celebrate the Rodeo winners and participants @the Grounds, Roseville, California. 

Registration

Registration

Important Dates

  • Early Registration Deadline: January 31, 2025
  • Final Registration Deadline: February 28, 2025
  • FAQ Submission Deadline: March 7, 2025

Prices

 

APPA Members 

Nonmembers 

Item

Register / Purchase by January 31

After January 31

Register by January 31 

After January 31 

Apprentice Registration

$275

$325

$550

$600

Journeyman Team Registration (includes 3 competitors)

$630

$730

$1,260

$1,360

Alternate (limit one per team)

Free

Free

Free

Free

Judges and Auditors

Free

Free

n/a

n/a

Hands-On Training Registration
(per person, per class)

$100

$150

$100

$150


Awards Banquet

 

 

 

 

Banquet Table* 

$250

$300

$250

$300

Banquet Ticket (Adult)

$65

$80

$65

$80

Banquet Ticket (Child)

$25

$30

$25

$30

Pre-sales of banquet tickets is closed. Additional banquet tickets will be available for purchase (while supplies last) at the Sales Tent at the Rodeo grounds on Friday, March 28, and Saturday, March 29. 

* The reservation of a banquet table does not include any banquet tickets required for admission. Each table seats up to eight individuals, and each person must have his/her own ticket for admission

Registration Help

Check out our Registration FAQs for answers to the most common questions and help with all your registration-related issues. 


Competitor Registration

Competitor registration (apprentices, teams, and/or alternates) includes registration for each competitor, event t-shirt, and a banquet ticket. Banquet ticket includes admission to awards ceremony and dinner. 

The competition is open only to public power utilities, joint action agencies, and state/regional associations. An individual can only register in one of these categories: Team, Alternate, Apprentice, or Judge/Auditor. For example, a Judge cannot also serve as an alternate; or a person who is competing in the Apprentice competition cannot also serve as the part of a Team. 

Team: A team consists of two journeyman linemen and one ground support person. This three-person team is permitted to rotate roles between events. An apprentice can serve as the ground support person on the team. To the extent possible, utilities should strive to register at least one judge or auditor per team registered.

Alternates: If a team member can no longer continue to participate, that individual is out of the competition for the remainder of the event. The team can then substitute a registered alternate for the missing team member. The groundman can be an alternate if he/she is a journeyman lineworker. The activation of an alternate within the team must be approved by the Journeyman Master Judge. 

Apprentice: A person is considered an apprentice for four years after he/she enters an apprentice program. To the extent possible, utilities should strive to register at least one judge or auditor per three competitors registered.

The Apprentice Written Test will be based on the 17th edition of the APPA Safety Manual, which can be purchased through APPA’s Product Store. Safety manuals are not automatically included with Apprentice registrations; they must be purchased separately.

Judges and Auditors

Utilities should strive to register at least one judge or auditor for each team or per three competitors registered. All judges and auditors must be employed by an APPA member municipal utility, joint action agency, or state/regional association. Judges and auditors may not register as competitors in any category (team members, alternates, or apprentices). Judges and auditors will receive a t-shirt and a banquet ticket with their registration.

Judges are responsible for observing, evaluating, and assigning a score to competitors based on the safe, accurate, and timely performance of the technical aspects of linework as detailed in the event rules, as well as their conduct upon entering, during, and prior to exiting the event. 

Requirements: Judges for the journeyman and apprentice events must have experience with linework and/or judging similar events in the past. 

Commitment: Judges must attend a meeting and proctor the apprentice written test, both on Friday afternoon (3/28/25) @the Grounds, and judge events during the rodeo on Saturday (3/29/25). Judges will be required to be on the rodeo grounds from 7 a.m. to approximately 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Auditors are responsible for checking each team and/or apprentice in to a specific competition event during the rodeo upon their arrival, in addition to orienting them to any event-specific instructions as directed by the chief judge. Auditors ensure all paperwork related to the event is accurate, accounted for, and distributed to the appropriate parties. Scripts and guidelines are provided for Auditors. 

Requirements: Auditors must have strong organizational skills and demonstrate attention to detail.

Commitment: Auditors must attend meetings on Friday afternoon (3/28/25) @the Grounds, and are needed at the grounds on Saturday (3/29/24) from 7 a.m. to approximately 3 p.m.


Hands-On Training Classes

Hands-on training courses are open to journeymen and apprentice lineworkers. These interactive courses will be held on Friday (3/28/25) at the rodeo grounds. Each person who will participate in hands-on training classes must register individually (registration fees are per person). 


Banquet Purchases

The 2025 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo Awards Banquet will be held @the Grounds in Roseville, California, on Saturday, March 29 at 6 pm.

Banquet Tickets: All competitors, judges, and auditors receive a banquet ticket as a part of their event registration. Sponsors receive a set number of banquet tickets, depending on sponsor level. Rodeo attendees may choose to purchase additional banquet tickets for colleagues, family, and friends.

Three ways to purchase guest banquet tickets:

  1. During the registration process, you'll have the option to add guest banquet tickets to your order. (Registration Deadline is February 28). 
  2. Purchase tickets separately through the Product Store - a great option if you've already registered your competitors, or if you need to purchase guest tickets separately from your utility's competitor registrations. The deadline to purchase banquet tickets in advance is February 28. 
  3. Purchase tickets on site at the Rodeo Grounds. Banquet tickets will be available on site at the Sales tent while supplies last. (Tickets are limited, so APPA does recommend purchasing tickets in advance whenever possible). 

Discounted tickets are available for children age 12 and under. Children 2 and under do not need to purchase a ticket. 

Banquet Tables:  Rodeo participants can reserve a table at the awards banquet on Saturday night. All reserved tables will be assigned and labeled with the utility’s name and include up to eight chairs. A table reservation does NOT include banquet tickets for admission. Table orders are limited and should be placed as early as possible. 


Tent & Trailer Survey

Once you register, please complete the Tent & Trailer survey by March 8 to let us know if you will be bringing a tent and/or trailer for your competitors. This will help organizers map out the Rodeo Grounds. Please complete this survey whether you are bringing your own tent/trailer or if you are renting a tent. The deadline to order your tents and to complete the tent & trailer survey is March 8, 2024. 


Code of Conduct and Release

All participants will be required to sign the Code of Conduct and Release Form when they check in on site at the rodeo. Participants should review this form in advance. 


Cancellation Policy

Registrants who cancel in writing on or before March 7, 2025, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $100 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after March 7 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for the 2025 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel on or before March 7 are responsible for the full registration fee and are not entitled to a refund. 

Cancellations must be made in writing and emailed to: [email protected].

Contact [email protected] for additional information.

Hotels

Hotels

The 2025 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo grounds will be located @the Grounds, 700 Event Center Drive, Roseville, California. The Rodeo Banquet will be held @the Grounds, 700 Event Center Drive, Roseville, California..

Please check back later this year for the list of hotels for the 2025 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo.


Reservations and Cancellations

Room blocks may sell out before the reservation cutoff dates, so early reservations are encouraged. Make your reservations directly with the hotel using the links or telephone numbers above.

Cancelled reservations that are not resold may become a financial liability for APPA, so please make your reservations thoughtfully.

Scam Alert

Please do NOT make hotel reservations through any third party that may contact you by phone or email. Use only the online reservation links, phone numbers, and discount codes available directly from APPA —in conference brochures and the website at www.PublicPower.org

Questions and Assistance

For questions or assistance making your hotel arrangements, contact [email protected]

Contact [email protected] for additional information.

Hands-On Training Courses

Hands-On Training Courses

Hands-on training will be held at the Rodeo grounds. These hands-on, interactive training classes are open to lineworkers of all experience levels (journeyman and apprentice lineworkers; individuals participating in the Rodeo as judges or in other roles are also welcome to participate). Registration fee is per person, per class.

Friday, March 28

The 2025 Rodeo Hands-On Training Courses will be announced in Fall 2025.

Apprentice Events

Apprentice Events

The 2025 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo Apprentice events will be announced in Fall 2025. 


Competition Eligibility Requirements


APPA Member Utility: All participants must be employed by an APPA member municipal utility, joint action agency, or state/regional association.

Team: A team consists of two journeyman linemen and one ground support person. This three-person team is permitted to rotate roles between events. An apprentice can serve as the ground support person on the team.

Alternates: If a team member can no longer continue to participate, that individual is out of the competition for the remainder of the event. The team can then substitute a registered alternate for the missing team member. The groundman can be an alternate if he/she is a journeyman lineworker. The activation of an alternate within the team must be approved by the Journeyman Master Judge.

Apprentice: A person is considered an apprentice for four years after he/she enters an apprentice program.


Questions

For answers to event-specific questions, visit the Competitor FAQ page. For general rodeo questions, contact [email protected].

Journeyman Events

Journeyman Events

The 2025 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo Journeyman team events will be announced in Fall 2025. 


Competition Eligibility Requirements


APPA Member Utility: All participants must be employed by an APPA member municipal utility, joint action agency, or state/regional association.

Team: A team consists of two journeyman linemen and one ground support person. This three-person team is permitted to rotate roles between events. An apprentice can serve as the ground support person on the team.

Alternates: If a team member can no longer continue to participate, that individual is out of the competition for the remainder of the event. The team can then substitute a registered alternate for the missing team member. The groundman can be an alternate if he/she is a journeyman lineworker. The activation of an alternate within the team must be approved by the Journeyman Master Judge.

Apprentice: A person is considered an apprentice for four years after he/she enters an apprentice program.


Questions

For answers to event-specific questions, visit the Competitor FAQ page. To submit an event-specific question, please complete this form.
For general rodeo questions, contact [email protected].

Competitor FAQs

Competitor FAQs

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 leather work gloves with a cuff shall be worn while working on the ground and/or any event where rubber gloves are not required. See General Rules #3, #18, and 2 Point Deductions #22 and #23.

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 may be hung on the arm as long as MAD is maintained with it and any equipment that may be attached to it/transported by it.

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.

What size conductors will be used for Apprentice and Journeyman events?

  • All event conductors will be sized #2 ACSR.

What type of pole will be used?

  • 40' Class 4 CCA treated southern yellow pine

Do the linemen need to have a Journeyman card?

  • You do not need to have a Journeyman card to compete as a journeyman. You must be working in a journeyman role or higher. 

Are plastics okay?

  • If you are talking about the primary cover, then yes, as long as it is rated for the voltage

Is plastic extension hand legal? If so, what length?

  • Yes, as long as it is a rated hot stick, you can maintain your MAD, and the tool is not modified. 

What is the minimum approach distance per voltage? 

  • Listed in the 17th edition APPA Safety Manual 

What tools do you supply for the event?

  • None, unless stated in the description

Do we need to bring all the tools for the events?

  • Yes, unless otherwise stated in the description

Can the public come to observe?

  • Yes

How are apprentice events scored?

  • To determine Overall Apprentice results, apprentices will be awarded points equivalent to their placement in each event.  The lowest total points across all events will determine the overall winner.  For example:
Apprentice 1 Apprentice 2 Apprentice 3
Hurtman Rescue - 3rd place = 3 points Hurtman Rescue - 10th place = 10 points Hurtman Rescue - 1st place = 1 point
Written Test - 21st place = 21 points Written Test - 2nd place = 2 points Written Test - 18th place = 18 points
Security Light Installation - 4th place = 4 points Security Light Installation - 7th place = 7 points Security Light Installation - 6th place = 6 points
B-1 Tie-in - 2nd place = 2 points B-1 Tie-in - 6th place = 6 points B-1 Tie-in - 10th place = 10 points
OCR Bypass - 5th place = 5 points OCR Bypass - 4th place - 4 points OCR Bypass - 3rd place - 3 points
Overall Total Points = 35 points Overall Total Points = 29 points Overall Total Points = 38 points

Apprentice 2 would win 1st Place Overall based on the lowest overall total points. Apprentice 1 would receive 2nd Place Overall and Apprentice 3 would receive 3rd Place Overall.  If total points result in a tie, overall time will be the tiebreaker. This will be applied to overall results ONLY. Individual event results will continue to be based on actual score and time.

What is the approximate spacing between poles at the event?

  • The spacing between the poles will vary depending on the layout of the yard. The 12KV Single Phase Deadend Transfer will have 6’ spacing between the transfer poles. The Single Phase Angle Bell Replacement will be built to have a 52 degree angle on the angle pole.

Does each apprentice need to control their own handlines for sending materials up and down or are they allowed to have a groundman control it?

  • Apprentices need to control their own handline.

What brand and model is the mannequin that is used in the Rodeo? 

  • The mannequin used for the competition is manufactured by Buckingham and the model is the Toughbuck Rescue Dummy 6934-154.

How much does the mannequin weigh that is used in the Hurtman Rescue? 

  • Approximately 150-160 lbs.

Do all apprentice events, besides the Hurtman Rescue, start with belt and hooks on and arm length from the pole? 

  • Yes.

While working, can I hang a material bag from my climbing belt? 

  • No.

Are competitors allowed to wear GoPros on their hard hats? 

  • Yes, however, it will be treated the same as any article of equipment or tool. If it falls off and comes to the ground, it will be a 2-point deduction as defined in #6 of the general rules.

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Where and when are the upcoming Public Power Lineworkers Rodeos?

  • March 28-29, 2025 - Roseville, California
  • March 27-28, 2026 - Huntsville, Alabama

Competition Eligibility Requirements

Public Power: All participants must be employed by a public power utility, joint action agency, or state/regional association.

Team: A team consists of two journeyman linemen and one ground support person. This three-person team is permitted to rotate roles between events.

Alternates: If a team member can no longer continue to participate, that individual is out of the competition for the remainder of the event. The team can then substitute a registered alternate for the missing team member. The groundman can be an alternate if he/she is a journeyman lineworker. The activation of an alternate within the team must be approved by the Journeyman Master Judge.

Apprentice: A person is considered an apprentice for four years after he/she enters an apprentice program.

One Registration Per Person: An individual person may only register in one of these roles: Team, Alternate, Apprentice, or Judge/Auditor. For example, a Judge cannot also serve as an alternate; or an apprentice who is competing in the Apprentice competition cannot also serve as the part of a Team. Individuals who register to participate in any of these roles may also register for the training courses. 

Rodeo Policies

2023 Rodeo Results

2023 Results

Apprentice - Overall
1st – Ryan Kornegay, JEA, Jacksonville, Florida
2nd – Ethan Shellabarger, Kissimmee Utility Authority, Florida
3rd – William Kupfer, Roseville Electric, California
4th – Jorge Diaz, Roseville Electric, California
5th – Richard Cancilla, SMUD, Sacramento, California

Journeyman - Overall
1st – Ocala Electric Utility, Florida: Tyler Homan, Mathew Brown, and Henry Pearson
2nd – SMUD, Sacramento, California: Justin Estes, Tanner Barnes, and Matt Ramey
3rd – Santee Cooper, South Carolina: Joe Sawyer, Dow Hardee, and Hunter Melton
4th – City of Tallahassee Electric Utility, Florida: Josh Helton, Justin Johnson, and Coy Judd
5th – Roseville Electric, California: Philip Hartnett, Kyle Geisser, and James Wolter

See winners for all events (apprentice and journeyman)

See results for all journeyman teams

See results for all apprentices

Rodeo History and Results