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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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)

Grinter Sip ’N’ Shop to be tonight

Grinter Place Friends will be hold its annual Sip ‘N’ Shop fundraiser from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at 1400 S. 78th St., Kansas City, Kansas.

For the $5 admission fee, those attending will receive three tickets for wine tastings from Rowe Ridge Winery. There also will be giveaways.

More than 20 vendors will provide unique items that are ideal for gifts.

Food and drink will be available for purchase from the Cajunation Food Truck.

The Grinter Quilter Bees will have their opportunity quilt on display. The quilt will be given away in January 2020.

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  • Information from Pat Spencer, Grinter Place Friends