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HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (7/28/16) — The Hopkins County Fair hosted “Special Needs Day” this year for the first time.

Fair board member Keith Curneal said there had been inquiries from the public about having a special time set aside at the fair for those with special needs.

He said the possibility was discussed at a recent fair board meeting and fair board president Allen Seibert appointed Curneal to “make it happen.”

Curneal said he consulted Ray Austin, who is also a special education teacher at Madisonville-North Hopkins High School.

“I knew he would know what avenues to take,” said Curneal. “Anyone with a special need or disability was invited to come to the fair on Wednesday and enjoy an afternoon of fun.”

There were no restrictions, said Curneal, “It was open to any age and any county.”

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Curneal said they did it so those with special needs could enjoy three hours of fun without having to fight large crowds and the long lines they may often face at the fair.

There were more than 150 that took advantage of the opportunity this year, said Curneal.

“We were well pleased with the turn-out, especially with the excessive heat on Wednesday afternoon,” he said.

Curneal said they are in planning to continue the Special Needs Day at future fairs.

A special needs group chaperone said the folks she accompanied were having a blast.

The lines were short, she said.

It was the first time she has taken those with special needs to an amusement park or fair where they didn’t have to wait in long lines and endure big crowds.

“It is really nice,” she said.

Other board members involved in the planning and implementation of the event were Donna Harrison and Ray Cartwright.

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Tammy Holloway
SurfKY News Reporter
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