Fun and Games Abound at National Cherry Festival on Special Kids Day

While Independence Day is a great reason to come out and enjoy the National Cherry Festival, so is Special Kids Day.

“I’m here for the Cherry Festival.”

“Special Kids Day!”

“Special Kids Day is a day where kids with all abilities are able to come and bring their families and have a great day at the Cherry Festival,” says Angela Holmes, Special Kids Day Event Director.

And what a great day it’s been…

“We do fun and games in the morning, and so we’ve got bounce houses and the painted lady is here doing face painting,” says Holmes.

They even closed down the Arnold Amusements midway until 12:30 p.m., giving these special kids and their families a front row seat to all their favorite rides!

“It’s so exciting to experience new rides I’ve never been on before,” says Jake Garzaulis, from Empire. “I’ve been on the carousel, and the bumper cars… I’m going to do the flying Dumbos.”

Surrounded by family and friends…

“My mom and my friends and with my sister and my friend Reese,” says Grace Simon, from Traverse City.

Special Kids Day is an all-inclusive celebration that won’t be soon forgotten.

“Special Kids Day is about, for me, and I loved it, and I want to keep it safe in my memories forever,” says Grace.

“It’s about kids being able to come down and be themselves, and have activities that are kind of focused on them,” says Holmes.

Special Kids Day has been around for at least 30 years, and with roughly 1,000 participants Wednesday, it’s not an event the festival plans to end any time soon.

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