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Crews focus on safety at La Porte City carnival

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LA PORTE CITY (KWWL) - Part of Main St. in La Porte City was blocked off Thursday afternoon to get ready for the 28th annual Festival of Trails.

Carnival workers were busy setting up about a dozen different rides.

"Safety is our biggest priority," said Shawn Exum, owner of Superior Equipment.

Exum said his crew has to keep an eye on things most people probably don't pay much attention to.

"Street lights, power lines, buildings, signs -- everything that's in along Main Street that nobody really ever pays attention to -- that's the stuff that we have to pay attention to," said Exum.

He said at times it can be tricky.

"The ride builds on the ground, so you have to visualize where it's going to be when you get it in the air," he said.

Aside from routine safety checks by crew members, Exum said an inspector from the state shows up unannounced to offer another set of eyes on the rides.

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