With the uncertainty of COVID-19 restrictions in Kentucky and in the interest of safety, Kentucky Electric Cooperatives decided on Wednesday to cancel the 2020 Kentucky Lineman’s Rodeo, originally scheduled for October 1-2 at Jackson Purchase Energy in Paducah. The statewide association board of directors discussed the decision on its virtual meeting.
Tentative plans for the 2021 rodeo call for Jackson Purchase Energy to host. The co-op is relocating to new headquarters in 2021.
“Our biggest concern is always safety,” said Tony Dempsey, Kentucky Electric Cooperatives safety instructor. “While the rodeo is a tremendous opportunity to share this safety commitment, the decision to cancel this year’s event also demonstrates the Kentucky co-op safety culture.”
“With the guidelines and restrictions we would be under, we felt that the rodeo would not meet the standards that Kentucky co-ops expect,” added safety instructor Randy Meredith.
Several co-ops had indicated they were unlikely to participate in the 2020 rodeo.
“The lessons learned at the rodeo continue to be important,” said Charlie Lewis, Kentucky Electric Cooperatives safety instructor. ”We pledge to work hard to communicate safety messages, support training and help JPEC make 2021 the best Kentucky Lineman’s Rodeo ever.”