Annual lineman’s rodeo to be Saturday at Ag Hall

The annual International Lineman’s Rodeo competition will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19, at the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame near 126th and State Avenue in Bonner Springs, Kansas.

Competition begins at 7 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19.

Team and apprentice events will include the “hurtman rescue” and the “pole climb.” More than 1,000 participants from utilities throughout the nation and from other countries will test their skills in these events.

There will be food and crafts vendors. Admission is free and open to the public

Seven linemen from the Kansas City, Kansas, Board of Public Utilities plan to participate in the linemen contests. They include Eric Ferguson, David Shore, David Westfall, Jake Janes, Bryan Eisman, Marco Aranda and Trenton Overton.

Thousands of utility professionals will be in town this weekend for an annual trade show and expo in Overland Park, Kansas, with the lineman competition at the Ag Hall. An awards banquet will be held at the Overland Park Convention Center at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The lineman’s rodeo focuses on safety and safe work practices, while recognizing technical craft skills of utility linemen. Another focus of the event is to have fun while sharing work knowledge with others in their trade from different companies and different parts of the country.

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Gaming revenues down slightly at Hollywood Casino

Gaming revenues were down slightly in September at the Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas.

The revenues at Hollywood Casino were $11.8 million during September 2019, according to Keith Kocher, director of program assurance and integrity for the Kansas Lottery. He made his report at the Kansas Lottery Commission meeting on Wednesday.

In September 2018, the gaming revenues were $12.22 million at Hollywood Casino, according to lottery reports, and gaming revenues were $12.01 million in September 2017.

Kocher said September was a challenging month for all four state-owned casinos in Kansas, because there were four Fridays and Saturdays in September, as compared to five Fridays and Saturdays the previous month.

According to a written report to the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission, Hollywood Casino saw only a two-tenths of one percent decrease in slots revenue, while it had a 28 percent decrease in table games revenue during September.

Hollywood Casino is looking forward to NASCAR weekend at Kansas Speedway Oct. 18-20, with races scheduled Friday night, Saturday afternoon and Sunday afternoon at the speedway, according to the report. It has events such as a $75,000 giveaway on Oct. 18 and a “party on the patio” on Sunday scheduled in conjunction with the Speedway races, according to the written report.

Bridge could be turned into recreational space under proposal

Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor Quinton Lucas, left, and Kansas City, Kansas, Mayor David Alvey, right, met last week to review plans on the Rock Island Bridge, a proposed recreational space over the Kansas River. (Photo from Michael Zeller, Flying Truss LLC)

A proposed riverfront development, the Rock Island Bridge project, would connect Kansas City, Kansas, with Kansas City, Missouri.

The project over the Kansas River would convert the old Rock Island Bridge, built in 1905, into a recreational and events space that could attract tourists. The bridge is next to the Hy-Vee Arena.

It would be expected to generate millions of dollars of development in the riverfront area, according to developers.

A proposed trail across the bridge would connect it to the metro area’s network of trails. The project also includes a food hall.

The project is expected to come before community leaders at a later date for approval.

Leading the project is Michael Zeller, founder of Flying Truss LLC. The project has received a 50-year lease from the city of Kansas City, Missouri, which owns the bridge. For more information on the project, visit

The Rock Island Bridge over the Kansas River connects Kansas City, Kansas, with Kansas City, Missouri. The HyVee Arena is nearby. The bridge is proposed to be a recreational and event space. (Photo from Michael Zeller, Flying Truss LLC)
The Rock Island Bridge is under development to be turned into a recreational and event space. (Illustration from Michael Zeller, Flying Truss LLC)