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.
The 2019 Team and Apprentice Events –
(full descriptions coming soon)
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
Combined Events - Journeyman and Apprentice Events:
Hurt Man Rescue
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.