Hundreds enjoy Special Kids Day at Fall Festival


EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) A group of Evansville area kids are back home after their day at Fall Festival.

The annual Special Kids Day took place this morning.

Before the big crowds started arriving on West Franklin Street, the carnival at the eastern side of the festival grounds was full of hundreds of kids, spending their big day at this big annual event. 

Whether on the ground or in the air, this was a special day for hundreds of EVSC kids to enjoy.

“I like the basketball and the balloon games,” said Valerie Madison of Evansville.

“Gumbo,” adds Tristan Schaefer, when asked what food he liked at the festival. “Because it’s good.”

Organizers say nearly 600 kids and their chaperones attended this year’s edition, which has been part of the festival for more than two decades. It gives children, including those with special needs, the opportunity to take in the festival without dealing with the large crowds.

“For a lot of kids, it might be their only chance to come down, in a lot of the situations, especially in an environment with less crowds. That’s really helpful for a lot of the students that can do some of the things they normally wouldn’t be able to do,” said Drew Mitchell, who was helping supervise one group of kids.

Some enjoyed the rides more, others enjoyed the food. At the end of the day, they all left full of memories, and some prizes.

“They all come back to school with smiles on their face, bag full of toys and get to have a great experience,” Mitchell said.

Doug Delong of the West Side Nut Club, who organized the Special Kids Day, says the event wouldn’t be possible without the help of the volunteers.

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(This story was originally published on October 8, 2019)

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