The Edmond Sun

January 24, 2014

Construction begins for APPA Lineworker’s Rodeo at Mitch Park

National competition will take place April 5


Special to The Sun

EDMOND — Edmond Electric is hosting the American Public Power Association Lineworker’s Rodeo, scheduled for April 5. The rodeo will draw more than 55 three-man teams and 70 apprentices from across the nation to compete in nine events showcasing their lineworking talents. The rodeo will be at Mitch Park, just off Santa Fe Avenue.

Construction of the grounds started last week and is being used as a training opportunity for fellow municipal utilities across the state. 

“Since we rely on each other for mutual aid in the event of major storm damage or other events, we felt we had an opportunity to use the construction as a training aid for lineworkers from municipalities across the state,” Edmond Electric Director Glenn Fisher said.

About 150 poles will be placed at the site with construction slated to wrap up in mid-March. Additional work to be done involves leveling and waterline improvements. The estimated time for complete removal of the temporary course is mid-May.

After the event, Edmond Electric will leave improvements behind for the long-term benefit of the park. 

“Mitch Park is a unique environment and since I live nearby, it’s a park I use frequently.  Our goal is to host a memorable rodeo event that showcases Edmond, but also leaves the area better than it was before,” Fisher said.

For more information, call Edmond Electric at 216-7660 or visit APPA’s website www.publicpower.org.