The Western Fair is hosting its first annual “Day of Dreams” on Wednesday.
From 10a.m. until 2p.m. children with special needs can enjoy the Western Fair at their own pace.
The day includes a free lunch, a souvenir, local celebs and athletes.
“They are loving it!” said Jennifer, who brought her two children to the Fair to enjoy the festivities.
She admits an ‘average’ day at the Fair can present challenges.
“For my daughter, she has epilepsy, so in the evenings she doesn’t like the flashing lights once it gets dark, so having this opportunity to come during the day, she’s free to do whatever and not have to worry about the dark,” Jennifer said.
Sara and her 9-year-old daughter Keanna were having a blast.
“She’s very excited about today’s event,” Sara said. “It’s great! Less crowded, easier to enjoy, and less stress for her.”
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Fair Manager Kris Dinel tells AM980 the response has been overwhelming.
“In year one, we’ve kind of capped it to control the experience, to make sure it is a good experience for everyone involved,” said Dinel. “So families will come down and a portion of the midway will be open, predominantly children’s rides and rides that are accessible-friendly, some of our great fair entertainers are going to do some special shows.”
Registration for this event is now closed. A couple of hundred people are set to attend.
“The event is really creating a unique experience for special needs kids, who maybe coming on a busy Saturday doesn’t work with their schedule and the way they enjoy the fair so we’re creating this special environment, a little slower pace, and we’re really excited about it,” said Dinel.
The Western Fair runs until September 18th. For a full list of events and activities, as well as ticket information, visit their website.