NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) – Powerline technicians from across North Carolina will gather Thursday in New Bern for the NCAMES 20th annual Lineman’s Rodeo.
The North Carolina Association of Municipal Electric Systems held its annual competition on the New Bern Riverfront.
Several linemen, made up of journeymen and apprentices, are competing in the rodeo.
Each event mirrors procedures done in the field. It’s a way of the linemen to practice, while also having fun.
“When you’re actually up there you concentrate on what you’re doing because that’s when you make mistakes. You want to keep your mind on the present,” said former lineman William Bailey.
The top four competitors will head to national American Public Power Association rodeo competition in Raleigh next year.