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April 30, 2008

Albany--  They're no cowboys but some Albany Water, Gas and Light linemen hope to round up some big wins at a rodeo this weekend.

Two lineman teams from Albany will compete against 37-other teams from Georgia in the 14th Annual Lineman's Rodeo in Perry. Workers from various utility companies will compete in various events.

One tests how quickly they can climb poles to change out insulations. Another one, the hurt man rescue, has them climb a pole to save a 165-pound mannequin.  

"These guys are real serious about what they do, about their job in general. Keeping their customers satisfied, keeping the lights on and this is just a fun way to size themselves up against other entities to see where they stand," said GLRA Executive Chairman Jimmy Norman.

109 apprentices will also compete. Those are first-year linemen. Albany teams have been successful in the past. The free event will be at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry Saturday from 7 to 2.

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