These six linemen from Kissimmee Utility Authority arrived in San Antonio, Texas on Thursday to compete in the 17th annual Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo.
Hosted by the American Public Power Association, the event attracts top linemen from utilities across the United States and several U.S. territories to demonstrate their skill and knowledge in the craft of linework. This year’s rodeo will feature 73 teams and 157 apprentices. The event begins with a series of training and safety courses today, followed by Saturday’s competition.
KUA’s journeyman team is made up of Austin Franey, Shane Paras and Billy White, with Dave Wolfe serving as alternate. Lars Akkerman and Danny Kelly will compete in the apprentice competition. In addition, Aaron Haderle will serve as the rodeo’s journeyman master judge, and Brian Horton and Bruce Thompson will serve as support staff. Good luck, Team Kissimmee!