Grand Island, Ne. – Electric lineworkers from across Nebraska will take center stage as they compete in the 5th annual Nebraska Lineworkers Rodeo Aug. 27 at the Nebraska State Fair’s Motor Sports Track in Grand Island. The event is an opportunity for spectators to see lineworkers perform tasks they complete on a daily basis.
The community is invited to watch more than 45 public power apprentice and journeyman lineworkers compete for trophies in a safe environment. Some of the events take place 40 feet atop utility poles. The event is the ultimate venue for public power lineworkers to demonstrate their skill and knowledge while competing for professional recognition.
“Nebraska’s electric lineworkers will compete in timed events that imitate real-life situations,” said Terri Dier, chairperson of the lineworkers’ rodeo committee. “The rodeo encourages teamwork and provides a better understanding of utility work for families and other spectators.”
The opening ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m. with a flag ceremony. Competition will be 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
All of the hosting utilities are members of the Nebraska Power Association, the state-wide organization of 166 locally owned electric utilities providing electric service across Nebraska. For more details, visit nelinerodeo.com.
The public is also invited to visit the Nebraska Power Association’s public power station. Hands-on activities and safety demonstrations will help fair attendees learn more about the electric industry, Aug. 27 through Sept. 5. For more information regarding booth activities, please visit the NPA fair booth website at nepower.org/statefair.