Eric Flores, a utility line locator with ELM, walked away from the June 3 NRCGA Utility Locate Rodeo as Nevada’s top locator. Now Flores will go on to represent Nevada at the June 24 International Utility Locate Rodeo in Dallas.
Thirteen locators from around Nevada competed in one of three Rodeo divisions – gas, power and communications. USIC’s Brian Alfred took the communication division, Ricky Spurlock, ELM, won the power division, with Flores locking up the gas division. Each division winner took home $1060 in prize money, all provided by Rodeo sponsors. Alfred, Spurlock and Flores went on to compete in the Jackpot Locate for the title of Locator of the Year and $2120 in additional prize money provided by Rodeo sponsors, which Flores ultimately claimed.
Prize drawings during the event’s award ceremony, held at the close of the Rodeo, ensured each competitor walked away a winner. Thanks to the generosity of the Rodeo’s vendors and sponsors, competitors took home TVs, drones, an iPad, Google speaker, and power tool.