Rain gives way to sunshine for special needs students and adults at the fair – Newnan Times-Herald

Rain gives way to sunshine for special needs students and adults at the fair – Newnan Times-Herald

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The special needs students and adults of Coweta County and surrounding areas got to enjoy a day at the fair on Tuesday, a day that, at one point that morning, seemed like it wasn’t going to happen.

However, the rain gave way to bright sunshine and great weather for everyone to come out and have a great time.

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It is a day that volunteers, students, teachers and adults look forward to each year.
“This is a tradition they’ve been doing for 30 years, bringing in all the special needs kids from Coweta County Schools, plus we bring them out from Rutledge and a couple of organizations from Fayette County,” said Scott Cortner, fair coordinator for the Newnan Kiwanis Club, which organizes the Kiwanis Coweta County Fair. “Counting kids, special needs adults, teachers, bus drivers, we’ve got 525 people out here.”
Cortner said the event is a yearly highlight, not just for the kids and adults who get to enjoy the rides, but for the Kiwanians and other volunteers that get to put on a good time for everyone.
“It’s been great. We get a lot of support from the Kiwanians, and for most of us, this is our favorite day of the fair, our favorite time of the year, to see the smiles on these kids’ faces,” Cortner said. “So many of them wouldn’t get to come to the fair, because they don’t like big crowds, so this gives them an opportunity to enjoy themselves, ride some rids and have some good food.”
“We go every year, the Kiwanis club has invited us every year,” said Ann Newton, executive director of the Rutledge Center. “Something they look forward to, the Kiwanis staff and the fair staff is really good about helping getting people on the lifts and the chairs, so it’s a special time for all of them.”
But those on hand were able to enjoy more than just rides. The animals of the Coweta County Fair were out in force, as well as Lew-E’s Comedy Circus. The star, Lew-E, entertained the crowd with his juggling act during the fair.
But the rides were most likely the highlight of the event. The favorite of some was the Dragon’s Nest, a mini-roller coaster carrying a “How to Train Your Dragon” theme, while others preferred the large ferris wheel at the entrance to the fair.
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