A rodeo is taking place this week in Springfield, but don’t expect to see bucking broncs or crazy bulls kicking up dirt.

National Gas RodeoInstead, you’ll see “gas hogs,” competing in the National Gas Rodeo set to begin with qualifying events at 8 a.m. Sept. 16 with final events beginning at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 17 in a field at Crossway Baptist Church, 2900 N. Barnes Ave. The final event is open to spectators with meal tickets available for purchase on-site.

The “gas hogs” are people who work in the natural gas industry who will showcase their speed and know-how at the rodeo by assembling fittings, installing service lines, pipe cutting, hand digging, and other skills of the trade.

The event was started in 1991 to promote the skills and teamwork of those working in the natural gas delivery industry. The team-based events build leadership and enhance company morale with a focus on safe, time-efficient performance of job skills. 

The event is a program of MEA Energy Assoc., a trade organization for people who work in the electricity and natural gas delivery industries.

It is hosted by Springfield’s own, City Utilities of Springfield, a progressive, community-owned utility serving 320 square miles in southwest Missouri.

About 1,200 people are expected to attend the event which will generate about 1,000 room nights at local hotels and $500,000 in economic impact.

This is one of many group events brought to Springfield by the Convention & Visitors Bureau, a nonprofit marketing organization dedicated to boosting the local economy through growth in travel and tourism. 

Learn more about the rodeo at https://www.nationalgasrodeo.org/.

For more information about how the CVB brings groups to the city, call 417-881-5300 and visit www.SpringfieldMO.org