Fair rides adapted for those with special needs, all included in the fun

NOW: Fair rides adapted for those with special needs, all included in the fun

GOSHEN, Ind. -- Ferris wheels, roller coasters and bumper cars. Those are just some of the many rides that are a right of passage for kids going to any fair.

Monday at the Elkhart County Fair, that opportunity was extended to everyone. 

"It's just kind of a neat day where all of the kids can come out and have fun," says Alyssa Yutzy.

It's a typical site to see: kids lining up, anxious to ride the rides at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair.

But for Anna Yutzy and her family, it's a little different.

"Anna was born with a hole in her diaphragm," her mom, Alyssa, explains. "She's had her trach her whole life. She's been on a ventilator her whole life. And last year, we actually went on hospice."

That doesn't stop Anna from having fun.

"I like to do crazy stuff," says the nine-year-old. "Roller coasters and slides."

The Elkhart County Fair took the rides down a notch. 

Fair officials slowed them down, kept lights on, and gave extra time for passengers to get on and off. 

It gave people with disabilities a chance to have fun at the fair.

But that wasn't all.

"[It gives] able-bodied people the ability to see the many things that people with disabilities can do," says Doug Thorne, the Director of Disabilities Awareness Day at the fair. 

"It's really neat. A lot of times, our kids don't get to do the things that other kids get to do," adds Yutzy. 

Anna was able to join in the fun: the laughing and screaming, and just being a kid. 

"She laughs the entire time. She just has so much fun," says Yutzy. "She's a daredevil."

This is the eighth year the fair has done the Disabilities Awareness Day. 

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