Show of hands. How many of you have ever been to a rodeo?
How about participated in a rodeo?
Seen a rodeo?
Well, have we got a treat for you!
Just come to Texas this June and enjoy a rodeo without horses, rampaging bulls or barrel racing.
Huh? How’s that?
Instead, this is what you’ll see:
Texas811 is proud to be hosting the 16th international locate rodeo finals again this year! This year’s event runs June 22 – 24, with the 24th being the big competition day. The previous two days will see a rodeo exhibitor expo being held at the official site hotel in Grapevine, Texas. (all information can be found here: http://www.locaterodeo.net/ )
What’s a locate rodeo? Basically, it’s a competition between underground utility locators from around the country to see who is the best of the best at locating utilities on a marked course in a set amount of time. The rodeo’s goal is to recognize the profession of underground utility facility locating and demonstrates the safety, skills and on-going educational efforts associated with high-quality workmanship.
The rodeo will be held on a course allowing all kinds of locates, from water to gas to electric to telecommunications and so on. Line locators from around the United States will compete on a set course, locating underground lines of all types, and will be judged on speed, accuracy and other factors.
This year’s event will be held on the grounds of the Texas Motor Speedway. If you have never seen this giant state of the art racing facility – NASCAR to Indy car and more – be sure and book yourself some time for a tour! http://www.texasmotorspeedway.com
Competitors select one of the four utility divisions to compete in: Gas, Power, Telecom or Water. There is also the fearsome “Locate from Hell”. (No truth to rumors the judges on this event wear caps to cover the horns on their heads!)
The idea of the locate rodeo was created by Georgia811 sixteen years ago to be “The Olympics of the Locate Industry” and since that time has truly become a coveted industry award.
In 2016, 81 competitors were involved in the event, all of them winners of regional contests. They came from 17 different states and represented over 38 participating companies and stakeholder groups.
Making it all run smoothly required over 120 volunteers – from judges down to the people who drove the golf carts to ferry contestants around the course. These volunteers came from at least 12 states and represented over 30 companies and stakeholder groups. If you or anyone you know would like to join us by volunteering at our 2017 International Utility Locate Rodeo, click here to sign up.
We’ll have more on the event as we draw closer! So get out your hats and shine up your spurs! The International Locate Rodeo is coming to town!
Until next week, safe digging!
By Scott Finley