The 16th annual International Utility Locate Rodeo is in the books! Despite the best intentions of Mother Nature, the show did go on – just a bit later than intended.
Texas811 crew and volunteers had spent several days at Texas Motor Speedway setting up tents, putting out tables and chairs, setting out signs, dropping off ice chests – all of the myriad of details that goes into prepping the actual competition day. (And believe me, there is a LOT more that competitors never even see that goes on backstage to put this show on than you might realize)
By Friday afternoon, June 23, the event course was ready to go.
And then…the storms rolled in early on June 24.
Heavy rain of 2 to 4 inches fell across much of North Texas Friday night into late Saturday morning. The 3.84″ total at DFW Airport was a record for the date.
A dawn assessment of the site showed about 15 destroyed tents as well as tables overturned, signs pulled up, and mud. A lot of mud. Enough to get our golf carts stuck and then woe to the ones who were behind pushing them out!
New tents were purchased and deployed. The wreckage was moved to the side. Signs went back in the ground, and then the rain finally burned itself out, and we were greeted with an overcast sky that brought with it welcome relief from the past few days of heat.
Competitors cooled their heels until the rodeo itself finally started up around 11:30 in the morning.
Once the event was underway things ran smoothly all afternoon, until the final gas contestant turned in his times and called it a day around seven in the evening.
The awards banquet that night finished things off, and here’s your list of winners! (Note: Water Event 1, Telecom Event 1, Power Event 2, and Gas Event 3 were dropped from the course due to the late start of the Rodeo Competition)
Click HERE to view Rodeo Winners!
Of course, this show wouldn’t have happened without the help of our volunteers and sponsors, so a big tip of the locate hat to all of you!
Until next time, safe digging!
By Scott Finley