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2019 Gaff•n•Go Event Information


The GAFF-n-GO LINEMAN’S RODEO will provide you the opportunity to compete in a challenging environment demonstrating the skills that are required in your everyday work. Stay ahead of the pack, maintain your physical skills, and keep abreast of the latest technology. Show the world a snapshot of what today’s lineman is all about!

Join us in the heart of central Virginia to meet and compete with the “best of the best.” Bring the family and enjoy an action-packed weekend. Join us at the 17th ANNUAL GAFF-n-GO LINEMAN’S RODEO AND EXPO!

The GAFF-n-GO LINEMAN’S RODEO attracts the best linemen from the east coast to compete in traditional lineman tasks. A maximum of 60 Journeyman teams and individual Apprentices from Cooperatives, Investor-Owned Utilities, Municipals and Contractors will fill out the competition.

May 10-11, 2019 The Gaff-n-Go Lineman’s Rodeo at Meadow Event Park held at the Meadow Event Park is generally open to the public. For hotel information, click here.

The 2019 Team and Apprentice Events –

(full descriptions coming soon)
Apprentice Events


Apprentice Test

Cut-Out Relocate

Journeyman Events:

Three Phase Capacitor Bank Change

Single Phase In-Line Switch Change

Two Phase Double Dead-End Insulator Change

TEREX Equipment Operator's Events:

Hurt Man Rescue

Obstacle Course

Dead-End Change

Combined Events - Journeyman and Apprentice Events:

Hurt Man Rescue

Climbing Skills


All contestants need to bring their own hooks, belt, hard hat, safety glasses, cotton or flame-retardant long-sleeved shirt, hand tools, 20KV rubber gloves, protectors, hand lines, hood bag, and line hose bags. Rubber gloves may be inspected in all events, as required. Velcro straps on climbers must be used as manufactured. No modifications, such as cutting the Velcro shorter, are allowed. In general, no tool modifications are allowed.

1. All apprentices and journeyman teams must provide their own hand lines.

2. All participants will be required to use the fall restraint device.

All teams must use the Bashlin #35 hand line hook. The hand line (or pulley line) must have a sheave in it and must have an approved “becky” for hanging on the pole. An approved “becky” consists of an eye plaited into the sheave, another eye on the other end to snap back into the sheave, and three loops for adjustment of length.

In all Journeyman events the last person who comes down the pole must be the one to drop the handline.

Any special tools required for the mystery events will be provided and must be used. Please make sure that your tools are clearly marked with your name for identification.

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2018 Journeyman Scores | 2018 Photos2018 Rodeo Video | NRECA Rodeo Video |


Rodeo Packet

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