Grand Island, Neb. – Electric line technicians from across Nebraska will take center stage as they compete in the seventh annual Nebraska Lineworkers Rodeo Aug. 25 at the Nebraska State Fair’s Motor Sports Track in Grand Island.
Competitors from across Nebraska will perform various tasks from 40 feet in the air on utility poles, including hurtman rescues, skill climbs and various equipment installations and replacements. Participants are judged on safety procedures, work practices, neatness, ability, equipment handling and timely completion of each task. The rodeo includes events for individual apprentices and journeymen teams of two.
“The event showcases the skills and knowledge of our state’s public power line technicians,” said Terri Dier, manager of the event. “The rodeo encourages teamwork and provides a better understanding of utility work for families and other spectators.”
“A lot of planning and hard work will come together so we encourage families, friends, coworkers and anyone in the area to come by and join in the fun.”
The opening ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m. with a flag ceremony. The competition will be approximately three to four hours long.
Each of the hosting utilities are members of the Nebraska Power Association, the statewide organization of 166 locally owned electric utilities providing electric service across Nebraska. For more details, visit NELineRodeo.com.
The public is also invited to visit the NPA’s public power station, just outside the Heartland Events Center. Hands-on activities and safety demonstrations will help fair attendees learn more about the electric industry Aug. 24-Sept. 3.
Nebraska's public power industry formed the Nebraska Power Association (NPA) in 1980 to address industry-wide concerns and interests. This voluntary organization represents all segments of the power industry including municipalities, public power districts, public power and irrigation districts, and cooperatives engaged in generation, transmission or distribution of electric energy in the state.