HEBRON | The Hebron Town Council has approved proposals for a little horsing around.
Janet Veach sought permission to offer carriage rides in the historic downtown area beginning in late June and to hold a Road Apply Derby during the town's July 4 festivities.
The latter is the equine version of the cow pie bingo in which numbered circles are drawn on Main Street and people buy a chance on which circle will be anointed by one of her horses or by any horse during the parade.
Veach said the derby could be used as a fundraiser by a local group, such as the 4-H or the band. Crews would follow the horses to clean up the bingo markers dropped by the horses, she said. The numbered circles would be made of something that would easily wash away.
The carriage rides would be offered one or two Sundays a month during the summer afternoons. Veach said they would last about 15 minutes and would include a little information about the history of the homes and buildings. After some debate, it was decided Alyea Park would be the best place for staging for the rides, but then it became a question of how often the pooper scooper brigade would be needed.
Veach said the horses need few bathroom breaks, and it probably could all be easily cleaned up at the end of the day's rides. It could be done more often if more cleaning was needed, she said. She suggested the police chief use cleanup duty as community service time for prisoners, which she said was done in Lowell.
Council President Don Ensign endorsed the rides saying, "I think it will bring some novelty to town and promote a little tourism."
Providing the historic information during the rides will help promote the town, Ensign said, and supported Veach's right to charge a fee.
Town Attorney Ted Fitzgerald said Veach is on the town's Dunes-Kankakee Trail committee and is trying to make a portion of the trail for horses.