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Bellevue horse trample affecting other parades

JESUP (KWWL)--- The tragic horse trample event in Bellevue this weekend has led many parade organizers across eastern Iowa to take a step back and examine their plans.  Right now, another community is preparing for a parade, set for this weekend.  And organizers are not taking the trampling accident lightly. 

The 61st annual Farmer's Day parade is set to roll down 6th Street in Jesup Saturday morning.  But as floats are being constructed, what happened at the parade in Bellevue is a call for organizers in Jesup to be extra cautious.

"If you have a bridle on a horse you can them.  But if you don't.  You have nothing.  So I am checking to see that's buckled on so it will not come off," said Wayne Natvig, chair of the Farmer's Day parade in Jesup.

Horses will also be put to the back of the parade line-up so they're not mixed in with other floats and people walking in the parade.  And there's an umbrella insurance policy that covers the city for any accidents that might happen during Farmer's Day festivities, including the parade.

"You have to have that because you don't know what's going to happen," Natvig said.

And while organizers are hoping for the best—to remain accident free—they acknowledge some parade goers might be fearful after seeing what unfolded earlier this week.

"It's possible...But I think that people have plenty good confidence in that we run a pretty good parade, in that we've never had an accident.  But there could always be one.  I'm just hoping that everybody is careful," said Natvig.

So Jesup's planning to keep its Farmer's Day plans in tact, with no talks of banning horses from participating in community parades.

As for Bellevue, Mayor Virgil Murray tells us the city's insurance policy will help cover expenses related to treating victims of the horse trample there.  But right now, the focus is on getting immediate aid to the victims and their families, with a relief fund that's been set up at Bellevue State Bank.

KWWL Reporter: Kera Mashek














































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