SUN, SWEAT & SKILLS: Linemen brave heat, rain to compete in annual contest


The journeyman team of Kendal Fiebrich, Chris Rivera and Jeffrey Bolding took third place in the rope splicing event.

The competition was as hot as the weather at the 21st annual Texas Lineman’s Rodeo competition on July 15. Electric line workers from across Texas gathered at Nolte Island Park in Seguin to test the skills of their trade on a field of power poles and non-energized lines.
Six of Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative’s linemen and one co-op barbecue team picked up some shiny hardware for their achievements despite a heavy downpour during the awards presentation.
Fifteen Bluebonnet linemen and two four-man barbecue teams competed. Bluebonnet employees also helped as judges, scorekeepers and timekeepers. An extra Bluebonnet barbecue group cooked for visitors, employees and guests.
Bluebonnet’s journeyman team of Kendal Fiebrich, Jeffrey Bolding and Chris Rivera took third place in the journeyman rope splicing competition.
Three co-op apprentice linemen also won third-place trophies: Andrew Kessler in the apprentice bell change event, Corban Hegdal in the apprentice written test and Michael Wagner in the apprentice obstacle pole competition.
Bluebonnet’s barbecue team from Brenham won first place for its fabulous chicken. Team members were Brandon Krivacka, David Davis, Matt Hollingsworth and Obed Guajardo.
The annual Lineman’s Rodeo is a fun way to rub shoulders with line workers from across Texas and the competition helps team members sharpen the skills they use on the job. Pole climbing and equipment change-outs are all part of a Bluebonnet lineman’s job. On this hot Saturday in July, a job well done came with trophies, too.

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