In 1992, a group of IBEW Local 44 Lineman traveled to Kansas City, Missouri and attended the International Lineman's Rodeo. They came home to Montana with a dream of sending the top Montana Lineman to the International Rodeo. In 1993 their dream became a reality and the Montana Lineman's Rodeo Association was born. The first annual Montana Lineman's Rodeo was held at Holter Dam, just a short distance away from the Missouri River.
The Montana Lineman's Rodeo Association (MTLRA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that exists to promote, finance, and facilitate the annual Montana Lineman's Rodeo. The purpose of MTLRA is to educate the public on electrical power line workers, safety, and to demonstrate the skills necessary to insure reliable electric power.
The MTLRA is funded solely by donations and sponsorships from industry partners, the public, and interested parties. All funds are used to conduct the annual Montana Lineman's Rodeo, and send the winning teams to the International Lineman's Rodeo Competition held in Overland Park, Kansas. Sponsors of the MTLRA include electric utilities, construction companies, unions, equipment vendors, community organizations, and public donations. Sponsors and donations are always welcome, and appreciated!
The MTLRA has a 28-year history in conducting the annual Rodeo, as well as educating the public about electrical safety. The Montana Lineman's Rodeo event is open to the public, without admission charges. The rodeo is held on the third Saturday in July, with pre-function activities occurring on Friday night before the event.
||1993||July 17th||Holter Dam|
|2nd Montana||1994||July 16th||Holter Dam|
|3rd Montana||1995||July 15th||Holter Dam|
|4th Montana||1996||July 20th||Holter Dam|
|5th Montana||1997||July 19th||Holter Dam|
|6th Montana||1998||July 18th||Holter Dam|
|7th Montana||1999||July 17th||Deer Lodge|
|8th Montana||2000||July 15th||Deer Lodge|
|9th Montana||2001||July 21st||Deer Lodge|
|10th Montana||2002||July 20th||Deer Lodge|
|11th Montana||2003||July 19th||Deer Lodge|
|12th Montana||2004||July 17th||Deer Lodge|
|13th Montana||2005||July 16th||Deer Lodge|
|14th Montana||2006||July 15th||Deer Lodge|
|15th Montana||2007||July 21st||Deer Lodge|
|16th Montana||2008||July 19th||Pelican Point|
|17th Montana||2009||July 18th||Pelican Point|
|18th Montana||2010||July 17th||Pelican Point|
|19th Montana||2011||July 16th||Pelican Point|
|20th Montana||2012||July 21st||Pelican Point|
|21st Montana||2013||July 20th||Butte|
|22nd Montana||2014||July 19th||Butte|
|23rd Montana||2015||July 18th||Butte|
|24th Montana||2016||July 16th||Butte|
|25th Montana||2017||July 15th||Butte|
|26th Montana||2018||July 21st||Butte|
|27th Montana||2019||July 20th||Butte|
|28th Montana Rona-Redo||2021||July 17||Butte|