The Great Darke County Fair hosted a sensory-friendly hour on Tuesday, Aug. 23, from 11 a.m. to noon.

The Great Darke County Fair improves upon last year’s sensory-friendly hour

GREENVILLE—The Great Darke County Fair hosted a sensory-friendly hour on Tuesday, Aug. 23, from 11 a.m. to noon.

There were 10 rides without flashing lights or music, as to not overwhelm those who can easily become over-stimulated. Signs were displayed in front of the selected rides to help identify which rides are participating.

The fair tried to provide a sensory-friendly hour last year, however due to communication issues, the hour fell through.

“It went better than last year,” Chasity Miniard, mom to Lupe, said. “The signage was amazing.”

Kim Brodrick, mom to Chloe, said in the past she’s been unable to bring her daughter near the rides because they were too overwhelming.

“[This year] We did get to ride,” she said. “We did get to ride some of the rides. The signage was up, so that was great.”

Although successful, both said that there were still a few hiccups.

“There were still a lot of parents who didn’t know it was free,” Brodrick said. “They waited at the ticket booth. That’s not being communicated properly. Some of them were late opening, and we only have an hour. The first ride didn’t open until 11:15 a.m.”

In addition to better scheduling and communication, Brodrick said they would like to be allotted just a bit more time.

“The tractor pulls did not help,” she said. “Those were super, super loud. It just needs to be a different day, and a little bit longer time. I know they can’t do it in the evening because that’s the prime ride time, so I don’t have a problem with the morning. I think we at least need like 9 a.m. to noon.”

Although it had its flaws, the girls enjoyed the hour. Chloe was able to ride four rides during the hour, and Lupe rode a couple of rides as well, Brodrick said.

“Chloe had her hands up in the little car thing,” she said. “It was a very nice time. Today overall, she enjoyed it, she loved it.”

“All around though, this year was a million times better than last year,” Miniard added. “We didn’t get a quarter of what we got today.”

A sensory-friendly room was also made available daily in the Fine Arts Building.

Lupe and Sue Huston, Community Connections & Advocacy Coordinator at Darke County Developmental Disabilities, during the sensory-friendly hour.

Abigail Miller / Editor

Abigail Miller is a Greenville native, Kent State graduate, writer, shopaholic and friend. Contact Darke County Now Reporter Abigail Miller at amiller@darkecountynow.com.

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