Nashville, Tenn. – NES will host the 2011 American Public Power Associations Lineworkers Rodeo on Saturday, March 19 beginning at 7:30 a.m. The event is open and free to the public and will take place at Gaylord Opryland Resorts 105 Acres between Briley Parkway and Pennington Bend Road. Lineworkers play such an important role in the efficient operations of electric utilities, and oftentimes, their work goes unrecognized, said NES president and CEO Decosta Jenkins. The Rodeo is the ultimate venue for public power lineworkers to demonstrate their skill and knowledge and gain professional recognition at the same time. The Lineworkers Rodeo allows lineworker crews from across the country to demonstrate their skills in five different events that simulate real-life situations. The Rodeo offers courses for both journeymen and apprentice lineworkers. Ultimately, the Rodeo is designed to promote safety on the job, said Paul Allen, co-chair of the Lineworkers Rodeo committee. Speed is important, but accuracy is crucial. In addition to hosting the Rodeo, NES will have two crews competing with other lineworkers from across the country. This family-friendly event also features a Junior Linemens Rodeo and Kids Zone with inflatables, balloons, face painting, coloring areas and games. Teams and spectators are encouraged to bring donations for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Wish list items include books, DVDs and crayons. A drop off bin will be located in the Information Tent at the entrance to the Rodeo grounds. For more information on the Lineworkers Rodeo, please visit www.publicpower.org/rodeo/ or www.facebook.com/APPALineworkersRodeo.