Time to “Power Up” at the Nebraska State Fair

Grand Island, Neb. – The member utilities of the Nebraska Power Association (NPA) will once again be sponsoring the public power booth at the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island August 26 through September 5.


Over the past several years, the booth has highlighted how public power has been a great benefit to Nebraskans.  This year’s theme of “Public Power Works 4U” will emphasize the industry’s dedication to providing exceptional service, highly reliable energy at affordable, cost-of-service rates to the customers they serve. Hands-on activities and educational displays will demonstrate the value of getting electricity from a local, costumer-controlled utility.


The popular “hot line show” or safety demonstration trailer will be in operation to provide a first-hand illustration of the dangers of live high-voltage electricity.  The demonstration, operated by various line crews from across the state, shows the dangers of 7,500 volts of electricity and educates the public on how to react in an electrical emergency. For a schedule of the high-voltage safety demonstrations, please visit www.nepower.org/statefair.


The Edgerton Explorit Center is back as a booth partner and has developed a number of fun hands-on activities that will allow fairgoers to learn more about electricity.  Individuals visiting the booth can expect to engage in the “Know Your Power” spinning trivia wheel, the Nebraska 811 “Do You Know the Color Code?” activity, the Wind Turbine Simulator, or watch young fairgoers participate in the “Little Lineworkers Rodeo.”


In addition to the many booth activities, lineworkers will display their skills during the Nebraska Lineworkers Rodeo on Saturday, August 27.  Lineworkers often work in severe weather, climbing utility poles, carrying heavy equipment and working around energized wires. The “Rodeo” is their opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and skill while putting on an exciting display for the public.  The opening ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m. with a flag ceremony at the fair’s Motor Sports Track.  Competition will be 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  For more details, visit www.nelinerodeo.com. You don’t want to miss this event!


For more information regarding booth activities, please visit the NPA fair booth website at www.nepower.org/statefair.