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
Sponsors

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:

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 2019 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 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.: 2020 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 Kansas City Convention Center.

Sunday, April 19 - Wednesday, April 22

2020 Engineering & Operations Technical Conference

Back to Rodeo Agenda

Courses:

  • Transformer Banking Using the Arrow System
  • Arc Flash Hazard Awareness For Lineworkers
  • Working On and Around Exposed Energized Equipment
  • Understanding and Applying Equipotential Grounding Principles

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

Transformer Banking Using the Arrow System - $75

8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Transformer banking can be tricky, especially if you are new to the industry or don't do it very often. The arrow system is a quick and easy way to remember wye and delta connections, when the need arises. If you can identify the polarity of the transformers, you can use the arrow system to correctly connect or troubleshoot any transformer bank on your system.

Topics include:

  • Wye and delta high-side and low-side connections
  • Banking transformers with different polarities
  • Ways to identify transformer polarity
  • The rules of the arrow system
  • The 5 wire wye bank and why it is useful
  • Simplified and standard low-side delta connections

Instructor: Brandon Wylie, Director of Training & Safety, Electric Cities of Georgia

Arc Flash Hazard Awareness For Lineworkers $75

8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Employee training is the single most important safety aspect before and after the identification of arc flash hazards regarding your equipment and facilities. The arc flash hazard assessment is just the beginning to a comprehensive employee training process though.

Topics include:

  • Arc flash: overview of codes and regulations (OSHA, NESC and NFPA 70E)
  • Arc flash SOP overview and discussion
  • Safety controls
  • Arc flash mitigation and best practices
  • Real-life accident reviews
  • Job briefings
  • Proper selection and use of personal protective equipment (PPE)

Instructor: Cody Raveling, Training Center Coordinator and JTS Instructor, Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association

Working On and Around Exposed Energized Equipment $75

10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

As a lineworker, you are often working on and around exposed energized equipment - many times during an outage, where you may be rushed or encounter unforeseen distractions. With this hard-hitting class, we will drill down into best work practices when working around energized equipment and review your utilities work methods and processes. 

Topics include:

  • Employee training overview
  • Employee re-training overview
  • Qualified employee overview
  • Employee demonstration of proficiency
  • Work practices and best practices
  • Safety practices overview
  • Minimum approach distance and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Incident reviews

Instructor: James Monroe, Lead Apprenticeship Trainer and JTS Instructor, Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association

Understanding and Applying Equipotential Grounding Principles $75

10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Learn about various aspects of equipotential grounding including terminology used, what an equipotential zone is, how to set up an equipotential zone, and the benefits of using equipotential grounding for safety. Hear the facts of equipotential grounding, along with who it protects and how it protects them.

Topics include:

  • Equipotential grounding terminology
  • How equipotential grounding affects lineworker safety
  • Theory behind how equipotential grounding works
  • Why we do it this way

Instructor: Craig Batchelor, Senior Safety and Training Specialist, ElectriCities of N.C.


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].


Awards Banquet Sponsors

 

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

Once you have purchased registration, please fill out the survey for all competitors here. If you have a judge registered, please fill out the judges' survey here

Banquet tickets and tables will be available for purchase 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 until March 6 (early reg.)

Price March 7 - March 20 (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.

Hotel

Hotel Shuttle

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

Kansas City Marriott Hotel 

Discover downtown Kansas City and the Power and Light District from your upscale accommodations at Kansas City Marriott Downtown. Set in the vibrant downtown district, our elegant hotel occupies a historic building, reflecting the charm and history of Kansas City. Newly restyled with modern decor and excellent service, our hotel offers spacious, tasteful hotel rooms and suites with floor-to-ceiling windows and lovely downtown Kansas City views. Enjoy plush bedding, complimentary Wi-Fi and an array of thoughtful amenities. Dine in our restaurants, featuring contemporary American cuisine and superb cocktails. Relax in our indoor pool or our fully equipped fitness center. Explore our 95,000 square feet of event space, connected via walkway to the convention center. When you're ready to venture out, walk to downtown shopping, dining and entertainment, the Sprint Center, Kansas City Music Hall or the Power and Light District. Experience downtown Kansas City with style and convenience at our newly reimagined hotel.

Address

Kansas City Marriott Hotel
200 W 12th St
Kansas City, MO 64105

  • Main Telephone: 816-421-6800
  • Group Rate: $189 (Single/Double) per night (plus 18.1% tax)
  • Reservation Cut-off Date: March 25, 2020

Reservations

Please make your reservations directly with the Kansas City Marriott Hotel. Please reference group code "APPA" when reserving your room. 

Hotel Reservations & Cancellation Policy

The cut-off date to receive the group rate (plus tax) is Wednesday, March 25, 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 25, so early reservations are encouraged. For individual reservations call 816-421-6800 and reference "APPA" or make the reservation online here. The Kansas City Marriott Hotel should receive all reservations no later than March 25, 2020. 

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

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 Rate: $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 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 thoughtfully. 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