KISSIMMEE, Fla., March 18, 2013 – Some of the best linemen from Kissimmee Utility Authority will compete against linemen from electric utilities across the nation this Saturday, March 23, in Kissimmee.
Hosted by KUA, the American Public Power Association’s13th annual Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo is the ultimate venue for public power lineworkers to demonstrate their skills and knowledge. Working atop 40-foot wooden utility poles, participants will be 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.
Representing KUA in the journeyman competition are:
Team 1 – Lineman Clay Campbell, lineman first class Rich Perez, line crew supervisor Jason Wright.
Team 2 – Lineman Brent Davis, lineman first class Chris Ketner, lineman first class David Wolfe.
Apprentices representing the utility include apprentice linemen Britt Erwin and Chad Sullivan and groundman Austin Franey.
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. in the vacant property directly across from the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, 6000 W. Osceola Parkway, in Kissimmee.
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Chris M. Gent