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18-May-2018BARC Electric Co-op Linemen Participate in Regional Rodeo

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tish Blackwell, 800-846-2272 (tblackwell@barcelectric.com)


Millboro, VA - BARC Electric Cooperative employees joined more than 150 utility professionals from seven states at the 16th Annual Gaff-n-Go Lineman’s Rodeo, held May 12th at Meadow Event Park in Doswell, Va.

Experienced journeymen Dean DePriest, Jr., Kevin Bryant and Frank Brinkley and a second team of Shay McMullen, Patrick Chaplin and William Berry each demonstrated skills they use every day as part of the journeyman competition, competing in five timed and scored events. Apprentice linemen Jess Pritt, Nate Hiner, Skyler Merchant, Cody Minter, Will Reid and Johnny Altizer also competed against nearly 50 other apprentices in five events, with Minter and Pritt finishing third and fourth overall. Bill Goodman and Mike Smith served among the many volunteer judges.


Cody Minter, who finished 3rd overall in the Regional Rodeo, will go on to the 35th Annual International Lineman’s Rodeo in October in Bonner Springs, Kansas to compete. Minter also took 1st place in the linemen’s written test category.


“The job these linemen do to ‘keep the lights on’ for our members is a dangerous one,” said Mike Keyser, BARC’s CEO. “We’re proud to support an event that promotes the safety and teamwork so critical to this profession, and delighted that our employees did so well in this year’s competition.”

Named for the spike linemen attach to their boots when climbing electric utility poles, the Gaff-n-Go Lineman’s Rodeo is organized by the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives (VMDAEC).

The only competition of its type in the Mid-Atlantic region, the Gaff-n-Go Lineman’s Rodeo offers professional linemen the opportunity to showcase their technical skills in various timed and scored events. For more information, photos and a video from this year’s event, go to www.gaff-n-go.com.

About BARC Electric Cooperative: BARC Electric Cooperative is a customer-owned electric cooperative serving 13,000 residents, farms and businesses across five counties in Virginia. To continue to serve and meet the needs of its members, BARC constructed the first community solar garden in the Commonwealth and provides high-speed Internet, telephone and television service through BARC Connects, its wholly-owned fiber-to-the-home subsidiary. To learn more about all the exciting things happening at BARC, visit www.barcelectric.com..