Following a tradition that began years ago, the Kiwanis Club of Griffin invited the children to its fair outside regular opening hours and gave out free corn dogs and hamburgers.
Belle City Amusements let the kids have fun on its rides without charge.
“It’s been an outstanding opportunity for our students. They always love it,” said Lynda Sisson, a special education teacher at Griffin High School who coordinated the event on the school district’s side along with Brent Fortson.
“It’s a fun day because it’s the only day they can come,” said Katrina Kenney, a para-professional at Spalding High School whose two children, Zach and Haley, were having a good time on the rides.
Kenney said that during regular fair hours, some of these children may not be able to handle the crowd.
“This gives the parents an opportunity to enjoy time with their children,” said Regina Stephens, a special education teacher at Spalding High School.
L.V. Skipper, secretary of the Kiwanis Club of Griffin, said inviting special needs children to the fair is a natural fit with the club’s purpose.
“The Kiwanis Club is all about children. Almost all of the proceeds of the fair go to children’s clubs,” he said.
After their day at the Spalding County Fair, the special needs kids followed their very own tradition, said Sisson — they worked on photos and thank you cards for the Kiwanis Club and Belle City Amusements — for the two groups that made their day at the fair possible.