Eastern Iowa ski show back on the Mississippi river
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JACKSON COUNTY (KWWL) -
This summer's high water levels on the Mississippi river forced one eastern Iowa ski show off the Mississippi river, until Saturday. Saturday afternoon, hundreds came out in support of the first official ski show for the Ski Bellevue Water Ski Show Team. The team has been making waves in Bellevue for about 30 years.
This year, the Ski Bellevue Water Ski Show Team had to cancel half of their seasons six shows, due to high water levels on the Mississippi River. Dave Valant is on the board of directors for the Ski Bellevue Water Ski Show Team.
"It's been a rough year for show skiing," he said. "We ski right below Lock and Dam No. 12 here in Bellevue and we have had high waters and a lot of current. We had to cancel half of our schedule so far this year that including our big Fourth of July show."
Although the ski shows for the Ski Bellevue Water Ski Show Team were canceled, the Bellevue ski team still was able to practice. They practiced either in a gym or when on water, when water levels were permitting.
Lindsey Jackson is in her second year with the Ski Bellevue Water Ski Show Team. She was upset to learn about the show's cancellations.
"Last year, those shows were great. It was a lot of fun," she said. "I was really excited for all of these shows and when we didn't get to have them, I was like 'oh well, we don't get to do all these shows that are so much fun.'"
The Ski Bellevue Water Ski Show Team is one of four water ski teams in the state of Iowa. The Bellevue team is the only team that uses the Mississippi river. The next Ski Bellevue Water Ski Show Team show will take place on Saturday August 3rd in Sabula, Iowa.
Tuesday, March 11 2014 7:03 PM EDT2014-03-11 23:03:21 GMT
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