KISSIMMEE, Fla., March 11, 2013 – The nation’s best power lineworkers will descend on Kissimmee on Saturday, March 23 for the American Public Power Association’s 13th annual Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo.
Hosted by Kissimmee Utility Authority, the rodeo is the ultimate venue for public power lineworkers to demonstrate their skills and knowledge. Participants are judged on safety, work practices, neatness, ability, equipment handling and timely event completion.
There are two levels of competition within the rodeo: journeyman teams and apprentice. The journeyman teams consist of three members – two climbers and a ground worker. A qualified journeyman has more than four years of experience within the electric utility trade. An apprentice lineworker competes as an individual and has four or fewer years of experience. Both levels of competition will participate in five timed events.
This year’s competition will feature 59 journeyman teams and 74 apprentices, representing 71 utilities.
The general public is encouraged to come out and enjoy the rodeo as spectators. The event will feature live entertainment, a kid’s play area, bucket truck rides and onsite food and drink vendors. Parking and admission are free.
The opening ceremony and competition begins at 7:30 a.m. on March 23 in the vacant property directly across from the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, 6000 W. Osceola Parkway, in Kissimmee.
Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility powering 64,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.
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Chris M. Gent