MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - It's a rodeo, but not the kind you typically think about. The Middle Tennessee Electric Corporation is hosting its annual Lineman Rodeo this weekend at Miller Coliseum in Murfreesboro.
The two-day competition, being held Friday and Saturday, recognizes and rewards safety and skill in the field of utility line work. The event is absolutely free and family friendly.
Hundreds of competitors from all across the Tennessee Valley are showcasing their skills 40 feet above the ground.
Organizers said it's a great way to show the pubic what they do on a daily basis.
"A lot of people don't realize, they only see us on the sides of the highway changing out poles and that sort of thing, but our utility linemen are some of the best in the nation,” Kim Culpepper, a former lineman, said.
"If you don't understand, this is a good way to come out and kind of get an idea of what goes on behind the scenes instead of just the guys on the side of the road up in a bucket,” said B.J. Bobo, a Middle TN Electric lineman.
There’s also an area called the Kids Zone where kids can take on the challenge themselves with their own timed competition lower to the ground.