London’s Western Fair 2017 runs till Sunday

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Dreams came true for more than 100 special-needs children at the Western Fair Wednesday.

The annual fall fair opened its gates at 10 a.m. to 131 special-needs kids and their family members for the Day of Dreams.

Now in its second year, the no-cost day gives the youngsters and their families a chance to visit the fair without crowds and distracting noises.

“The reason why most people come to the fair — the sights, the sounds, the attractions — don’t necessarily work for certain children’s needs, so we want to create an environment that does,” said fair spokesperson Skye Nicholson-Smith.

“It’s just another way for us to reach our community here.”

Fair officials poached the concept from a fair in western Canada, Nicholson-Smith said.

“We like to get ideas from fairs across the country,” she said.

The children spent the late morning and early afternoon on the Kiddieland rides, watching a high-dive performance and taking in a show by Doo Doo the Clown.

The families were treated to free lunch.

The Western Fair, now in its 142nd year, runs until Sunday.  

If you go

What: Western Fair 2017

Where: Western Fair District, 316 Rectory St.

When: Through Sunday

Tickets: Adults $15, seniors $10, children 5-10 $5; Today between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. everyone is admitted for $5 each


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