Rural Electric Cooperative

CBEC Apprentice Competes at Gaff n Go


Dustin Smith, an apprentice line worker from Craig-Botetourt Electric Cooperative (CBEC), competed in timed and scored events at the 11th Annual Gaff-n-Go Lineman’s Rodeo April 5 and 6 at the Caroline County Agricultural Fairgrounds near Ruther Glen, VA.

Smith placed second in the “Primary Neutral Sag” event and fifth in the “Hurt Man Rescue” event out of more than 40 apprentices from five states who participated in the rodeo.

A total of 121 utility workers from Virginia and eight other states competed in the two-day event, which is the only one of its type held in the Mid-Atlantic region. The Gaff-n-Go Lineman’s Rodeo offers professional linemen the opportunity to demonstrate their technical skills as they perform a variety of designated electric line-work tasks while demonstrating safe work practices, a key factor in judging.

"The Gaff-n-Go Lineman’s Rodeo promotes safety and teamwork," notes Shawn Hildebrand, general manager for CBEC. “We are proud that Dustin excelled in this year’s competition. The job linemen do to 'keep the lights on' for our members is a dangerous one. Despite working in all types of weather to restore service after several major outage events in the past year, CBEC linemen have maintained our co-op’s outstanding record of safety."