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Kentucky Lineman's Rodeo




HOSTED BY: West Kentucky RECC



2018 Registration Forms

2018 General Rules

2018 Infractions

New for 2018 - Participants are expected to report to an event at the given time, ready to compete. Failure to report to an event on time will result in an automatic 2-point deduction for that event. 

Consideration will be given if the participant is late due to injury or if their previous event ran long and that event judge can verify. Additionaly, participants will not be allowed to complete an event prior to their given time. 

The Rodeo Committee voted to have all named events this year. If you have a question about one of these events please contact the person listed beside that event as they will be able to provide you with the best answer. 

New for 2018 - Teams must be made up of three participants. When checking in at each event, the team will designate two climbers and a ground-man. This combination can change from event to event, but not during the event. An apprentice can compete on a team as both a climber or a groundman. A team may consist of all apprentice lineman. The following events are for teams.

Team Event 1 - TONY DEMPSEY 

Team Event 2  - CHARLIE LEWIS




The following events are for Seniors, Individuals and Apprentice competing in the 2018 Lineman's Rodeo. 

Individual Event 1 - TONY DEMPSEY

Individual Event 2 - CHARLIE LEWIS

Individual Event 3  - CLARENCE GREENE

Individual Event 4 - ROBERT THORNTON


NEW FOR 2018 - Each contestant needs to bring the following tools: 


Fall Arrest device 

Hard hat 

Safety glasses 

Tool bucket 

Extendo stick 


Grip (minimum 2) 

Lone sleeve shirt 

Hand tools 

20 kv rubber gloves / protectors & rubber sleeves 

Work gloves (leather or mechanic style) 

8' shotgun stick 

Hot hoist (minimum 2) 

8' 1/0 ground chain (minimum 6) 

NOTE: Buckingham ox-blocks may be used with handlines. The Buckingham ox-hook, orange Bashlin "rodeo" hooks, or any OSHA approved handline hook may be used. "Bullheads" or other extendo stick heads/ fingers may be used. Homemade or "altered" attachments will not be allowed. 




For more information and to be added to our mailing list, contact:
Mary Beth Dennis:
Nancy Ledene:





It's a Lineman Thing… You Wouldn't Understand

Called On the Golden Carpet
By Kendall Bush
Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives

I’ve known You since I was just a kid,
But I guess it’s still up to You.
If I get to stay, I’ll work my way,
Cause workin’ is all I ever knew.

It’s nice up here and if I had a chance,
Now I couldn’t do it on my own,
But the old knees feel better and if I had a crew
I could help You keep these bright lights on.

See I had the best job in the world,
Not like the folks on TV
I’m a wood walker, a clumsum, a Lineman
And I’ve seen things they’ll never see.

I saw Your world from the top of a pole.
A beauty that I can’t describe
That first pole in spring after You shed the coat
Doing work with heart and pride.

Most folks said it’s too dangerous,
But the monster never got me,
I did it safe, head in the game
For a good life with my family.

Some of the guys would drink and cuss
They were hard grizzled men.
I’d be lying if I told You different
Some times I’d join right in.

And I missed church a lot when I was on call,
It seemed it would happen every time,
We get ready to go and I’d get a call,
Lights were out somewhere on our lines.

No excuses though, it’s up to You,
I had a life somewhat out of the norm
No hard feelings if You send me packin'
It wouldn’t be the first time I was sent back in a storm.

Hard hat in his hand looking down at his boots
God looked him up and down,
He said I know you
And it’s for sure, I’ve seen you all around.

I saw you at Katrina, Ivan and Andrew
And that ice storm in '92
It seemed every time there was a problem anywhere
You Kentucky boys would always come through.

I heard you the night you cut out at the top
And you got that belly full of wood.
I was the one that helped you kick back in,
And you thanked Me like I knew you would.

I saw the tears and heard the prayers
When your friend lost his life
And at Christmas I saw you get gifts for his kids
And a hundred for his wife.

I was there when you left the family in the basement
They were scared of the storm passing by
It tore out your heart to leave them,
And you asked Me for a watchful eye.

Let Me tell about that crazy life
of a lineman that you lived,
You reached out to help others,
What more could be asked to give?

Now if it weren’t for the biscuits and gravy
You’d still be out there today
Gving it all to keep on the lights
So here’s what I’ve got to say.

Your name's wrote down so enter in,
Up here the coffees always hot,
Over there’s a pole to climb if you take a mind
Without a runway, a steeple or a knot.

Now your crown is this clean new hardhat,
New tools and these golden hooks,
I don’t figure you’re a wing kinda guy
But you can climb that pole and give Heaven a look.

It’s been called the highest profession
Not because they climb the poles
But these hard and determined men
Form a brotherhood that few ever know.

Let it be known throughout the commonwealth
To these young’uns with paint on their hooks
You can’t buy it, touch it, or write it
You’ll never read it in a book.

This lineman’s life that you’ve chosen
Is only passed from heart to heart
And when you get to Heaven
I’ll say this Lineman's on break forever, he’s done his part.

The old crews are waitin'
Ya’ll can spend the ages telling tales 'bout this and that
But don’t worry 'bout the lights, they're always on,
I gotta Son that takes care of that.


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