Event

Lineworkers Rodeo

The ultimate venue for public power lineworkers to demonstrate their skill and knowledge while competing for professional recognition.
April 17 - 18, 2020
Bonner Springs, KS

2020 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo 

The Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo is the foremost showcase of public power lineworker skill and knowledge. At the Rodeo, journeyman and apprentice lineworkers compete for professional recognition, attend training courses, and practice essential skills in a safe environment. Furthermore, attendees have a unique opportunity to connect with and learn form the nationwide community of lineworker professionals. 

The 2020 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo will be held April 17-18 in Kansas City, MO and Bonner Springs, KS.

On-Site Logistics

The following information will be posted here as it becomes available:

  • Directions from the Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown to the Rodeo Grounds
  • 2020 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo Tent Order Form
  • 2020 Shipping Information for Rodeo Competitors
  • 2020 Parking Instructions for Competitors

Banquet

The 2020 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo Awards Banquet will be held at the Kansas City Convention Center. 

Banquet Tables

The Association offers rodeo participants the opportunity to reserve a table at the Rodeo Awards Banquet on Saturday night. All reserved tables will be assigned and laveled with the utility's name. There are eight chairs at each table, and a table purchase does NOT include banquet tickets for admission. The Association strongly recommends that table orders be places as early as possible as quantities are limited and we cannot guarantee availability. All banquet tables must be reserved before March 20. 

Banquet Tickets

Rodeo attendees may choose to purchase additional banquet tickets for colleagues, family, and friends. A limited number of tickets are available for purchase; as such, the Association recommends purchasing tickets in advance. Banquet tickets include a meal, two drink tickets (Adult Tickets only), a seat for the Rodeo awards ceremony, and entertainment. Note that all competitors, judges, and auditors receive a banquet ticket as part of their event registration. All banquet ticket purchases will be made through Eventbrite. Any additional banquet ticket purchases will be available at the "Sales" area during the Rodeo Registration and Expo, on-site at the Rodeo grounds in the General Information tent on Saturday, April 18. 

    2019 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo Results

    The results from the 2019 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo are now in.

    Thank you once again to all of our competitors, judges, and volunteers! We hope to see you all again in 2020 in Kansas City, Kansas.

    View pictures from the 2018 Awards Banquet.

    Please contact the rodeo team at [email protected] if you have any questions!

    Friday, April 17

    All events on Friday take place at the Kansas City Convention Center.

    7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.: Training Course Registration

    8:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.: Training Courses for Apprentices and Journeyman Lineworkers

    11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Indoor Vendor Expo: Connect with industry experts and learn about their latest products and services

    11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Rodeo Registration & Sales: Registration for apprentice, journeyman teams, judges, and greeters/auditors.

    2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Judges, Greeters/Auditors Meeting (Mandatory Event): Judges and greeters/auditors must register prior to attending this meeting. Judges will proceed to the Apprentice Written Test after this meeting.

    4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.: Apprentice Written Test Event: Apprentices must register prior to this event and arrive by 4:00 p.m. for the test.

    Saturday, April 18

    The rodeo competition takes place at the National Agriculture Center & Hall of Fame, Bonner Springs, Kansas. The rodeo awards banquet takes place at the Kansas City Convention Center. 

    7:30 a.m.: Opening Ceremony

    8:00 a.m.: 2019 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo Competition

    8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Outdoor Lineworkers Rodeo Vendor Expo

    11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.: Written Test Chief Event Judge Available for Q&A

    6:00 p.m.: Rodeo Awards Banquet (Tickets Required): Competitors, judges, volunteers, families, and guests are invited to celebrate the Rodeo winners and participants at The Broadmoor.

    Sunday, April 19 - Wednesday, April 22

    2020 Engineering & Operations Technical Conference

    Back to Rodeo Agenda

    Courses:

    Apprentice Events:

    • 90-degree Crossarm Relocation
    • Double Dead-End Bell Change Out
    • Hurtman Rescue
    • Pole Top Pin Change Out
    • Written Test

    Journeyman Events:

    • 4kV Crossarm Change Out
    • Hurtman Rescue
    • Obstacle Course
    • Suspension Insulator Change Out
    • Transformer Banking

    Training Courses

    2020 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo Training Courses will be decided during our planning meeting on September 10, 2019.


    Apprentice Events

    Event descriptions, specs, and pictures will be posted as soon as they are available. 

    Questions

    For event-specific questions, visit the FAQs page.

    For general Rodeo questions, contact [email protected].


    Journeyman Events

    Event descriptions, specs, and pictures will be posted as soon as they are available. 

    Questions

    For event-specific questions, visit the FAQs page.

    For general Rodeo questions, contact [email protected].


     

    Registration for the 2020 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo will open on Tuesday, November 5. 

    Banquet tickets will be available for puchase through Eventbrite here.

    If you have questions about your registration, please contact Chris Ching at [email protected] or 202-467-2907. 

    Important Dates

    Registration Opens: November 5, 2019
    Early Registration Deadline: March 6, 2020
    Final Registration Deadline: March 20, 2020
    FAQ Submission Deadline: March 27, 2020

    Prices

    Item

    Price Before February 15 (early reg.)

    Price February 16 - March 1 (late reg.)

    Apprentice Registration

    $250

    $300

    Team with Judge Registration

    $500

    $550

    Team without Judge Registration

    $600

    $650

    Training Course Registration (per course)

    $75

    $100***

    Rodeo Banquet Table*

    $210

    $260

    Adult Banquet Ticket

    $60

    $75

    Child Banquet Ticket

    $25

    $30

    Volunteer Banquet Ticket**

    $30

    $40

    * The purchase of a Rodeo Banquet Table does not include any Banquet Tickets required for admission. Each table seats up to 8 individuals, and each person must have his/her own ticket for admission. 

    ** Please note that only General Volunteers must buy a Volunteer Banquet TicketJudgesGreeters, and Auditors are provided one free banquet ticket.

    Cancellation Policy

    Registrants who cancel in writing on or before April 3, 2020, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after April 3 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for the 2020 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel on or before April 3 are responsible for the full registration fee and are not entitled to a refund. 

    Cancellations must be made in writing and emailed to: [email protected]

    Competitor Registration

    Competitor registration includes registration for each competitor (each team member and/or apprentice), event t-shirt, and banquet ticket. Banquet ticket includes admission to awards ceremony, dinner, and two drink tickets for each competitor. To receive the “Team with Judge” discount, each team registered should complete the accompanying Volunteer Registration form for each applicable judge.

    Training Courses

    Courses are open to journeymen and apprentice lineworkers from the Association's member utilities. Additional information about the available training courses is available at the Training Course page. 

    Banquet Purchases

    • Banquet Tables: The Association offers Rodeo participants the opportunity to reserve a table at the Rodeo Awards Banquet on Saturday night. All reserved tables will be assigned and labeled with the utility’s name. There are 8 chairs at each table, and a table purchase does NOT include banquet tickets for admission. The Association strongly recommends that table orders be placed as early as possible as quantities are limited and we cannot guarantee availability. All banquet tables must be reserved before March 1. 

    • Banquet Tickets: Rodeo attendees may choose to purchase additional banquet tickets for colleagues, family, and friends. A limited number of tickets are available for purchase; as such, the Association recommends purchasing tickets in advance. Banquet tickets include a meal, two drink tickets (Adult tickets only), a seat for the Rodeo awards ceremony, and entertainment. Note that all competitors, judges, and greeters/auditors receive a banquet ticket as a part of their event registration. All banquet ticket purchases will be made through Eventbrite. Additional banquet tickets purchases will be available at the “Sales” area during the Rodeo Registration and Expo onsite at the Rodeo grounds in the General Information tent on Saturday, March 30.

    Volunteers

    There are two main options for volunteering at the Rodeo:

    1. General Volunteers
    2. Judges/Auditors

    General Volunteers

    Provide support with tasks such as registering teams, assisting with sales, setup, and general information, and providing support on-site at the Rodeo (including parking management, helping with children's activities, assisting with sales and information stations, etc.). Participation of volunteers from the host utility, their community partners, and members of the public power community from across the country is essential to the success of this event. Volunteers are needed on Thursday April 16, Friday April 17, and Saturday April 18, 2020.
     

    Judges and Greeter/Auditors

    Judges and Greeter/Auditors are specialized volunteers.

    • Judges for the journeyman and apprentice events must have experience with linework and/or judging similar events in the past. Judges must attend a meeting at the Kansas City Convention Center in the afternoon on Friday (4/17/2020), proctor the Apprentice Written Test in the afternoon on Friday (4/17/2020) at the Kansas City Convention Center, and judge events during the Rodeo on Saturday (4/18/2020) at the National Agricultural Center & Hall of Fame. You will be required to be on the Rodeo field from 7 am to approximately 3 pm.
    • Auditors are stationed at a specific competition event during the Rodeo on Saturday, April 18 to provide instructions to each team and/or apprentice upon arriving at that event using a script. They may also check all competitors in and out at each specific event by time-stamping their rotation schedule and confirming that their score sheet has been filled out correctly. Scripts and guidelines are provided for AuditorsAuditors are only needed on Saturday (4/18/2020) at the grounds in Bonner Springs, KS, but must attend a mandatory in-person meeting on Friday (4/17/2020) at the Kansas City Convention Center. This meeting gives you an opportunity to ask your event judge any questions you may have about the event in advance. You will be required to be on the Rodeo field from 7 am to approximately 3 pm.

    Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown

    The Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown is fully services, and conveniently located in the heart of downtown Kansas City, Missouri. The Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown is accessible by foot, shuttle or street car to world class dining, live music and entertainment at the Power & Light District, Crossroads Art District and the River Market Neighborhood. In addition, The Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown features a sparkling roof top seasonal pool. Perfect for relaxation after a day of meetings or an opportunity to soak up the sun under the Kansas City skyline.

    Address

    Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown
    1301 Wyandotte St
    Kansas City, MO 64105

    Main Telephone

    816-474-6664

    Group Rates

    $189 (Single/Double) per night (plus $16.975% tax)

    Reservation Cut-off Date

    March 26, 2020

    Reservations

    Please make reservations directly with the Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown. Please reference group code "APP" when reserving a room. 

    Hotel Shuttle

    A shuttle will be provided from the Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown to the rodeo grounds. 

    Hotel Reservations & Cancellation Policy

    The cut-off date to receive the group rate (plus tax) is Thursday, March 26, 2020. If rooms remain in the block after the cut-off date, the group rate will be honored. If not, you may be charged a higher rate. The room block may sell out before March 26, so early reservations are encouraged. For individual reservations call Bethany at 816-460-6624 and reference "APP" or American Public Power Association. The Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown should receive all reservations no later than March 26, 2020. 

    Cancelled reservations that are not resold may become a financial liability for the Association, so please make your reservations thoguhtfully. If you require additional assistance with housing, please contact Meeting Services at 202-467-2978 or [email protected]

    Hotel Reservations Alert

    Please do NOT make hotel reservations through any third party that may contact you by phone or email. Some Association members have been contacted by a third party claiming to represent the Association and offering assistance with hotel reservations. No such third party is affiliated with the Association or authorized to represent us. Attendees are encouraged to only use the online reservation links, phone numbers, and discount codes available directly from the Association, on our conference brochures and on the Association's website for each event.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Where and when is the next Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo?

    April 17-18, 2020
    Kansas City Convention Center
    Kansas City, Missouri

    To ask a question about the rodeo events, please complete this survey


    Rodeo Policies

    General Rodeo Rules 

    Fall Arrest

    Code of Conduct


    Rodeo FAQs

    Event pictures will updated once the Rodeo grounds are built. It is also possible that event descriptions and specs may be updated as well. Notification of modifications will be listed here for your convenience. 

    What class of rubber gloves is required?

    • Class 2 rubber gloves.

    What are the rules on long cuff leather gloves for ground hands during rodeo events?

    • The rule has been relaxed by removing the verbiage that required a specific length of gauntlet on the work gloves. The general rule states that work gloves must be worn while working on the ground and/or any event where rubber gloves are not required. See General Rules #3, #18and 2 Point Deductions #21 and #22.

    Apprentice Event FAQs

     


      Journeyman Event FAQs