The 2017 National Gas Rodeo, held at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Denver, Colorado and sponsored by CASE Construction Equipment, announced the winners for the two- and four-person team events. Organized by the Midwest Energy Association, the National Gas Rodeo draws teams from utility companies across the United States, and has grown to include 54 teams (29 two-person teams and 25 four-person teams) and over 320 spectators attending the event. The two- and four-person teams compete in various skill tests focused on safe, time-efficient performance using construction equipment and other tools of the trade.
The 2017 overall Rodeo champion in the two-person team category was Lil’ Gas House Gang (Steve Bouse and Barry Hicks) from Laclede Gas Company in Spire-Laclede, Missouri. This is the Laclede Gas House Gang’s third back-to-back win—the first two being in the four-person category. The four-person team winner for 2017 was Intense Ignition (Korey Ross, Dylan Middleton, Jeff Smith and Justin Wald) from Missouri Gas Energy of Kansas City, Missouri.