Ready, Set, Climb! Since 1984, linemen from around the world have anticipated these words. This year, the 20th Annual International Lineman's Rodeo and Expo will be held October 16-18. The three-day event kicks off with the exposition on Thursday, Oct. 16 at Bartle Hall in Kansas City, Missouri, U.S. The expo continues on Friday, Oct. 17, but the real excitement will take place on Saturday, Oct. 18 at the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame rodeo fairgrounds in Bonner Springs, Kansas. More than 236 teams and 260 apprentices are expected to participate in the 2003 Rodeo. The goal of the Lineman Rodeo Board, Advisory Committee and Chief Judges Committee is to make the event as pleasant, fun and fair as possible for all participants and attendees.
A Few Changes
Those familiar with the Lineman's Rodeo & Expo will recognize that it usually takes place in early September, rather than mid-October. As a result of conflicts with other organizations' planned activities, alternate dates had to be negotiated for this year.
By moving the Rodeo & Expo to October, two significant changes will occur. First, the daylight hours will be decreased by about one and a half hours. Second, the average temperature will be approximately 10 degrees cooler. Taking these conditions into consideration, please note the following modification regarding the team and apprentice events:
For 2003 only, the number of team and apprentice events will be decreased by one mystery event each. Thus, the team events will include the hurtman rescue, pole climb and two mystery events. The apprentice events will consist of the hurtman rescue, pole climb, one mystery event and the apprentice written test.
Rules of Eligibility
The intention of the Lineman's Rodeo is to recognize the profession of line work as well as demonstrate the safety, skill and education of electric linemen. The event was designed for participation by everyday, practicing, working linemen. Anyone who is or ever was a qualified practicing, working lineman is entitled to compete.
A team consists of two linemen and a groundman. Both linemen must be qualified journeyman linemen. If a journeyman must drop out of the competition for any reason, the alternate who takes his place must be a qualified lineman. If an apprentice is competing on a team as a groundman, he will not be allowed to enter the apprentice competition also.
A groundman is a non-climbing participant of the team. He will be allowed to climb if one of the climbing linemen should withdraw from the competition for any reason. The groundman must be a journeyman lineman to replace a climbing member of the team. Should the groundman replace a climbing member of the team, he must be replaced by an alternate to maintain a three-person team.
A person is considered an apprentice for four years after he enters an apprenticeship and can no longer compete as an apprentice after the four years elapse. An apprentice can compete as a journeyman after serving as an apprentice for four years. However, he must provide a statement from his employer stating that he has completed his training and is performing journeyman duties while waiting for a journeyman position to become available. He will no longer be eligible for apprentice events. If a person who is classified as a journeyman with one company obtains employment with another company in an apprentice classification, he will not be allowed to enter the apprentice events.
If an apprentice makes journeyman before Aug. 1, 2003, he will not be permitted to enter the rodeo as an apprentice. If he makes journeyman after Aug. 1, 2003, he will be allowed to compete as an apprentice.
Even the most consummate couch potato can compete at the International Lineman's Rodeo & Expo by entering the T-shirt/hat contest. To participate, simply turn in shirts or hats during the expo at the registration desk. Shirts and hats submitted to the contest will not be returned.
On Friday evening, Oct. 17, attendees can join their family, friends and colleagues at the Crown Center Ice Terrace for the annual barbecue and trade night. In case of inclement weather, the barbecue will be held at the Crown Center Exhibit Hall.
The rodeo concludes on Saturday, Oct. 18, with a banquet dinner and awards presentation. This event will take place at Bartle Convention Center, Hall A. Tickets for the Friday night barbecue and Saturday night awards banquet dinner can be purchased at the registration desk at Bartle Hall.
Exhibitor List (List current as of Aug. 26, 2003)
|American Safety Utility||523|
|Art on the Line||330|
|Bay Shore Systems||118|
|Communications & Electrical Supplies||318|
|Energy Providers Coalition||124|
|Florida Power & Light||122|
|Hubbell Power Systems||101|
|Innovative Utility Products||418|
|Jelco/Elk River Co.||325,327|
|Laminated Wood Systems||213|
|Magid Glove & Safety||115|
|Preformed Line Products||107|
|Principal Financial Group||208|
|Reliable Equipment & Service||319|
|S.D.P. Mfg. Inc.||508|
|Sherman & Reilly||507|
|Utility Pole Technologies||109|
|Wishbone Safety Inc.||324|
|Workrite Uniform Co.||214|