Event

Lineworkers Rodeo

The ultimate venue for public power lineworkers to demonstrate their skill and knowledge while competing for professional recognition.
March 26 - 27, 2021
Pasadena, California
Sponsors

The 2020 event has been cancelled

Given the evolving situation with regard to COVID-19 and travel restrictions issued by some member utilities, APPA has made the decision to cancel the Lineworkers Rodeo (April 17-18 in Bonner Springs, Kansas), and the Engineering & Operations Conference (April 19-22 in Kansas City, Missouri). APPA will issue a full refund to all registrants.

The 2021 Lineworkers Rodeo will be held March 26-27 and the Engineering & Operations Conference will be held March 28-31 at the Pasadena Convention Center in California.

Please cancel your hotel reservations directly with the hotel. Hotel contact information is available on the Hotel tab.

We are committed to the health and safety of our staff, membership and the public at large and continue to assess all APPA events on a case-by-case basis. We will inform members if any additional actions are taken. 

Please feel free to reach out to us at [email protected] with any questions or concerns.


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 from 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 labeled 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!

This event has been cancelled

Given the evolving situation with regard to COVID-19 and travel restrictions issued by some member utilities, APPA has made the decision to cancel the Lineworkers Rodeo (April 17-18 in Bonner Springs, Kansas), and the Engineering & Operations Conference (April 19-22 in Kansas City, Missouri). APPA will issue a full refund to all registrants.

The 2021 Lineworkers Rodeo will be held March 26-27 and the Engineering & Operations Conference will be held March 28-31 at the Pasadena Convention Center in California.


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

This event has been cancelled

Given the evolving situation with regard to COVID-19 and travel restrictions issued by some member utilities, APPA has made the decision to cancel the Lineworkers Rodeo (April 17-18 in Bonner Springs, Kansas), and the Engineering & Operations Conference (April 19-22 in Kansas City, Missouri). APPA will issue a full refund to all registrants.

The 2021 Lineworkers Rodeo will be held March 26-27 and the Engineering & Operations Conference will be held March 28-31 at the Pasadena Convention Center in California.


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

Below are the 2020 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo Apprentice Event descriptions.

90-degree Crossarm Relocation

The apprentice will relocate a wooden 8-foot arm 90 degrees from its original location. 

Mean Time: 8 min  Drop Dead Time: 12 min

Event Overview
Event Specs
Event Pictures

Double Dead-End Bell Change Out

This event will require the apprentices to wear their rubber gloves ground to ground. The construction Spec will be 2 phases with a jumper across the top of the cross arm and tied in on an insulator. The apprentice will be able to choose which two out of the four dead-end bells they want to change. They must be on the same side of the pole and opposite sides of the cross arm. It is required that the apprentices tell the judge which two dead-end bells they plan to change out.

Mean Time: 8 min  Drop Dead Time: 12 min

Event Overview
Event Specs
Event Pictures

Hurtman Rescue

This event will be simulating the rescue of an injured worker. Construction will consist of an 8’ wooden crossarm mounted on a 40’ wood pole. The neutral spool will be 8’ down from the center of the crossarm. Time starts at the judge’s signal with apprentice standing at least an arm’s length from pole in any direction.  Note: The lineman’s belt, hooks and rubber gloves in bag will be lying on the ground at arm’s length from the pole. (You may tool up bare handed)

Mean Time: 4 min  Drop Dead Time:  6 min

Event Overview
Event Specs
Event Pictures

Pole Top Pin Insulator Change Out

This event will consist of changing out the pole top insulator that is tied in with a preform wrap-lock with a rubber grommet. The apprentice will begin the event with their belt and hooks on. Rubber gloves will be required ground to ground (leather gloves will be appropriate until the apprentice begins their ascent). The apprentice must raise and lower all material in a bag attached to the handline.

Mean Time: 5 min  Drop Dead Time: 7 min

Event Overview
Event Specs
Event Pictures

Written Test

The written test is a timed 20-minute test given annually to encourage safety at all times when working in the field and during competitions, such as the Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo. This written test event takes place on Friday afternoon before the Saturday field events. Competitors should bring their scorebook with them to the test.

Drop Dead Time: 20 min

Event Overview

Questions

For event-specific questions, visit the FAQs page.

For general Rodeo questions, contact [email protected].


Journeyman Events

Below are the 2020 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo Journeyman Event descriptions. 

4kV Crossarm Change Out

Teams will be replacing an 8-foot fiberglass crossarm and insulators. The three phase conductors #2 AAAC are considered energized at 4kV. The center phase will be mounted on a pole top pin at the top of the pole. A complete set of all necessary hardware will be available on the ground at each event pole. The new crossarm and insulators will be assembled after time starts. Competitors will replace existing crossarm with new equipment and re-secure conductors with new wrap-lock ties. All insulators must be removed from crossarm and pins must be removed from the insulators with the nut/square washers back on the stud bolts before the event is considered complete.

Mean Time: 10 min  Drop Dead Time: 15 min

Event Overview
Event Specs
Event Pictures

Hurtman Rescue

This team event will be run one time with all three team members participating to rescue the hurtman. Teams have 5 minutes to set up and ask questions. The switch (cutout) feeding the transformer must be opened before the climber can step onto the pole. It will be opened from the ground using an extendo stick and rubber gloves. The stick must be off the ground and the body anytime it is touching anything energized. The climber must wear rubber gloves ground to ground. Lineman will split handline and loop bottom part of the handline around mannequin's legs. Then take the rope under mannequin's arms and tie three half hitches (the splice cannot be part of the knot). Once the mannequin has been tied off the climber will utilize the Buckingham "OX Block" with a minimum of one full wrap or two clicks on the fiction bar. The mannequin can then be lowered to the ground while the third member of the team uses the bottom part of the handline ties to the mannequin's legs to pull mannequin on to the tarp. You must attempt to keep the mannequin off of the pole and hardware. There will be NO gigs for incidental contact of the mannequin on the pole, neutral or service provided the tag man is making an honest attempt. The mannequin must land with all of this body on the tarp provided, and he must hit the ground gently as if it were a real person. A 10x10 tarp will be provided and placed 5' from pole centered under switch. If facing the switch, the OX Block will be caught off right above the bracket and to the right side. 

Mean Time: 4 min  Drop Dead Time: 6 min

Event Overview
Event Specs
Event Pictures

Obstacle Course

This is a de-energized event. The first climber will climb a 40’ pole equipped with three (3) eight (8) foot cross arms. The first cross arm will be mounted at 22’ and equipped with a drop in pin with a polymer insulator. The second cross arm will be mounted at 28’ and equipped with a polymer dead end insulator attached to the arm with a 5/8” eye bolt. The top cross arm will be mounted at 33’ and will be equipped with a 100 amp fused cut-out attached with an L bracket. The climber is required to stop at each arm and relocate the arm mounted device to the opposite end of the arm. When the first climber has both feet on the ground and un-buckled, the second climber will climb the pole and relocate each device back to the other end of the arm. Once both climbers have relocated the equipment and the last climber has both feet on the ground and removed the fall arrest device from the pole, the ground person will have to open the barrel in the cut-out with a fiberglass extension stick. The barrel must be brought down and touched by the ground person, and then fuse barrel must be replaced in the cut out and closed. Time stops when the ground person has properly stored the stick in the retracted position. The first climber must carry a handline up and can leave the handline attached to the top of the pole for the second climber. The second climber is required to railroad the handline when they have completed all the work and are descending the pole.

Mean Time: 12 min  Drop Dead Time: 18 min

Event Overview
Event Specs
Event Pictures
L Bracket Cut Sheet and Pictures

Suspension Insulator Change Out

The object of this event is to change out two Polymer Suspension Insulators on load side of the cut outs mounted on an 8’ cross arm. Teams must equipotential ground the load side conductor before they can replace the Polymer Suspension Insulators. Teams must verbally acknowledge opening (dropping load on Cut outs) and verbally closing or picking up load on cut outs.

Mean Time: 10 min  Drop Dead Time: 15 min

Event Overview
Event Specs
Event Pictures
Stirrup Picture and Part Sheet

Transformer Banking

The team will be required to hook-up a 5 wire bank that can supply single-phase 120/240 and three-phase 120/208 secondary voltages with a 0-degree angular displacement. The pole will be three-phase straight line (C1) 12kV construction on an 8 ft. wooden cross-arm.  However, this will be new construction with no possibility of becoming energized; leather gloves are acceptable.

Mean Time: 12 min  Drop Dead Time:  18 min

Event Overview
Event Specs
Event Pictures

Questions

For event-specific questions, visit the FAQs page.

For general Rodeo questions, contact [email protected].


Awards Banquet Sponsors

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This event has been cancelled

Given the evolving situation with regard to COVID-19 and travel restrictions issued by some member utilities, APPA has made the decision to cancel the Lineworkers Rodeo (April 17-18 in Bonner Springs, Kansas), and the Engineering & Operations Conference (April 19-22 in Kansas City, Missouri). APPA will issue a full refund to all registrants.

The 2021 Lineworkers Rodeo will be held March 26-27 and the Engineering & Operations Conference will be held March 28-31 at the Pasadena Convention Center in California.


Registration for the 2020 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo is open. 

Once you have purchased your registration, please complete the following surveys:

  1. Competitor survey here.
  2. Judges' survey here.
  3. Tent and Trailer survey here

Banquet tickets and tables are 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 Ticket. Judges, Greeters, 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 Auditors. Auditors 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.

 

Event Sponsors

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This event has been cancelled

Given the evolving situation with regard to COVID-19 and travel restrictions issued by some member utilities, APPA has made the decision to cancel the Lineworkers Rodeo (April 17-18 in Bonner Springs, Kansas), and the Engineering & Operations Conference (April 19-22 in Kansas City, Missouri). APPA will issue a full refund to all registrants.

The 2021 Lineworkers Rodeo will be held March 26-27 and the Engineering & Operations Conference will be held March 28-31 at the Pasadena Convention Center in California.

Cancelling your hotel reservations

Cancelling your hotel reservations

Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown
The Crowne Plaza has automatically cancelled all reservations in the APPA room block for this meeting. You do not need to do anything further. If you need documentation of your cancellation (cancellation number) and you have not already received a cancellation email from the Crowne Plaza, please call the Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown at 816-474-6664 to get a cancellation number. 

Marriott Kansas City Downtown
Guests must cancel their reservations on their own.  You can cancel your reservations using this link: https://book.passkey.com/gt/217562185?gtid=8e0996e7e21005ba6552726a25c4cad7.

 


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.

This event has been cancelled

Given the evolving situation with regard to COVID-19 and travel restrictions issued by some member utilities, APPA has made the decision to cancel the Lineworkers Rodeo (April 17-18 in Bonner Springs, Kansas), and the Engineering & Operations Conference (April 19-22 in Kansas City, Missouri). APPA will issue a full refund to all registrants.

The 2021 Lineworkers Rodeo will be held March 26-27 and the Engineering & Operations Conference will be held March 28-31 at the Pasadena Convention Center in California.


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.

Does the Rodeo provide any tools or equipment?

  • The competitor must supply all equipment and tools.

Can the handline be hung on the arm?

  • Yes, the handline can be hung on the arm.

Can the nose bag be hung on the belt?

  • No, the nose bag cannot be hung on the belt.

Can your own nose bag be used for every event?

  • Yes, a lineworker's own nose bags can be used for every event.

Apprentice Event FAQs

90-degree Crossarm Change Out

Will rubber gloves be worn on this event?

  • Yes, rubber gloves are required. Refer to the general rules for apprentices.

Double Dead-End Bell Change Out

What type and size of wire is the jumper that goes across the crossarm?

  • #4 copper

Are the two insulators to be changed on the same phase or is the second on the other phase?

  • The two Dead-end insulators that need to be changed out will need to be on the opposite phases and on the same side of the pole.

Does the phase need to be covered?

  • There is no cover up required for apprentices.

Does the apprentice start with his climbing gear on or off?

  • The apprentice will start with climbing gear on.

Hurtman Rescue

The summary mentions a neutral 8' spool down from the crossarm. Is there going to be a neutral or a spool there?

  • There is no neutral attachment on this event. The mention of a neutral attachment in the event description was an error.

The spec sheet and the photos of the event are different. Which one is correct?

  • The spec sheet and photos have been updated as of March 4 to match the correct event description. The spec sheet shows the mannequin position on the pole.

Will the climbing gear have to be placed in a bag, or is the description referring to the rubber gloves being in a bag on the ground?

  • The rubber gloves will be in a bag, not the climbing tools.

Journeyman Event FAQs

4kV Crossarm Change Out

Which way are the bolts facing on the arm bracket, through the arm or through the pole?

  • The bolts are facing through the arm with the nuts and washers opposite the cross arm, on the back side of the arm.

Obstacle Course

Do we have to insert the hotstick end into the eye of the door when opening and closing the cutout?

  • Yes, you must insert the hotstick end into the eye of the door when opening and closing the cutout.

What kind of L bracket is being used on the cut out transfer?

  • We have updated the event documents with the information requested. Please refer to the individual event description page.

Suspension Insulator Change Out

Once both phases have been grounded properly, and equal potential has been accomplished, can both linemen work on the different phases at the same time?

  • Yes. You can work on both equipotentially grounded conductors at the same time because they will then be at the same potential.

Are the cluster bar and grounds going to be on the pole already or do we need to provide our own?

  • The only material provided will be the equipment being replaced on the pole (i.e. polymer insulators). All tools and equipment needed to perform the event must be provided by the competitors.

What type of grip can be used for the conductor?

  • The conductors are #2AAAC. Competitors must use the proper grip for that type of conductor. It will not be permitted to use grips that are designed for this type of conductor (i.e. copper grips, guy grips).

What stirrup is being used?

  • An updated picture of the stirrup has been posted to the event page and is also linked here.

Does it matter where the EPZ bracket is located, above or below the neutral?

  • No. All body parts must be at the same potential when going on the grounded conductor.

Since we will be installing equal potential grounds on this event, will the neutral need to be covered?

  • Yes.

Will we be required to install cover up on the hot side of the double dead?

  • You must maintain MAD and cover will be required.

Transformer Banking

Are you going to post pictures of the event?

  • Pictures will be posted soon, however they will not illustrate the secondary connections. It will be up to the team to make proper connections that will achieve the proper voltages as described in the event overview.

Is the primary voltage 12kV phase-to-phase or phase-to-ground?

  • Phase-to-phase.

Is the transformer bank on a 40' pole, where the team has to climb the pole to wire transformers? Or is it a stub pole where the team wires transformers on the ground?

  • The transformer bank is on a 40' pole.

The packet states that 20' for #2 wire will be provided but that seems to be too short. Will the length of the wire be adjusted?

Yes, the #2 wire provided will be increased to 25'.