Colorado Springs Utilities is gearing up for the American Public Power Association’s Lineworkers Rodeo.
“The process to host the rodeo started over three years ago, so working with the APPA to host both the rodeo as well as the APPA’s Engineering and Operation Conference,” said Bryan Babcock, manager of Electric Construction and Operations.
Hundreds of competitors are expected to take part in the Lineworkers Rodeo, showcasing the hard work, knowledge and skill it takes to be a lineworker.
“We compete as a team, there’s three of us,” said competitor Tyler Dimenza. “Generally there’s two climbers and a groundman on the ground that assists with our tools and equipment, and apprentices compete individually.”
The lineworkers rodeo will take place at Rock Ledge Ranch and is predicted to be the largest national event of its kind.
“Working with energized lines, climbing poles, there’s a lot to see and learn, and there’s a lot of pride in our industry,” Dimenza said.
The rodeo will take place March 30. It’s free to the public. The opening ceremony will start at 7:30 a.m., and the competition will be from 8 a.m to 3 p.m.
No event parking is permitted at Rock Ledge Ranch, Garden of the Gods, Chambers Drive or 30th Street. There will be free parking and a shuttle at the business park at 2424 Garden of the Gods Road.
The Lineworkers Rodeo and conference are estimated to bring more than $1 million to the local economy.
“It’s a fantastic event for the community and for our employees and local lineworkers,” Babcock said.