We’ve all heard the saying “everything’s bigger in Texas.” That certainly seemed to be the case this weekend where 75 teams from utilities all across the country competed for top honors at the 17th annual Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo in San Antonio, TX.

Nashville Electric Service (NES) crews showcased their hard work, dedication and training while scampering up 45-foot utility poles, balancing heavy cross arms and changing out equipment under the watchful eye of judges and the pressure of a stopwatch.

Any mistake means valuable points are lost and every second counts.

As evidence of their mental and physical toughness, NES teams won 2nd and 3rd place in the “cut-out change out” event. The winning teams consist of linemen from three NES service centers, including Cody Roberts, Josh Fuller, Timmy Sanford, Adam Harris, Tommy Barksdale, Derek Pennington, Josh Jones and Jay Shannon.

NES Lineman Apprentice Michael Shannon won 4th place overall out of 151 apprentices.

The rodeo is the ultimate venue for public power lineworkers to demonstrate their skill and knowledge and gain professional recognition as they compete in events that simulate real-life situations. It also provides an opportunity for family and friends to show their support.

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