Frequently Asked Questions

Scoring: How is the champion determined?

The top 4-person and top 2-person teams  (not to exceed 15 teams per group) advance to the Relay. Combined Relay and Qualifying Event scores will determine the champions.


Use of UAVs/drones on Rodeo grounds expressly prohibited without permission of MEA.

MEA Event Specific Policies
General Event Policies  |  Exhibitor Policies

How are protests resolved?

Only a Team Captain can protest a decision. All protests must be stated prior to signing the scorecard sheet. Decisions of an Event Captain may be appealed to the Head Judge. If the team involved is from the Head Judge’s company, the Head Judge will recuse himself and the decision will be that of the Rodeo Steering Committee Chair. All protests from the Qualifying Events must be resolved prior to the start of the Relay. Decisions of the Head Judge (or committee Chair, as noted above) are final.

When is the hard hat and eye protection penalty assessed?

The penalty is assessed when the hard hat or eye protection hits the ground. If the hard hat or eye protection falls off, but does not hit the ground, it is not a penalty.

What tools should a team bring with them?

Cutting Wheels, Gloves, Work Boots, Safety Glasses. Customized shovels and pipe cutters may be brought as well.

What is Trade Time?

Trade Time is an opportunity for team members, vendors, and guests to “trade” items with other teams. This is done at the banquet. Popular trading items have been shirts, hats, water coolers, etc. with company logo.

Define leather work boots.

Leather work boots must meet the team’s company work boot policy. No athletic shoes.

Define T-shirts worn during the events.

Sleeves must be 8 or more inches long and NO rolled up sleeves allowed.

Define Safety Attire.

Individuals or Teams will not be allowed to compete if you are not wearing all of the following in every qualifying event and the relay: Hard Hats, Eye Protection, Work Boots and Sleeved Shirts (short or long). Work gloves are required for the Pipe Cut and Hand Dig events only.

If I need help setting up an in-house Rodeo who do I contact?

Stacey Bonine at (651) 289-9600 x114

Where can I get a Rodeo logo or emblem?

Once available, an announcement will be made on the Rodeo Facebook page, and they can be found on the Rodeo homepage.

Who can I contact to get on the Rodeo Mailing List to receive future mailings?

Complete this form.

Who can I contact with other Rodeo questions?

Contact Team Captains for event-specific questions or Stacey Bonine (651) 289-9600 x114 for non event-specific questions.