PHOENIX -- Over 3,000 special needs students and nearly 900 volunteers had the state fair to themselves on Friday.
Special Needs children from all over the valley enjoyed free rides, a performance by Ronald McDonald, a hands-on petting zoo, and an opportunity to see all the exhibits as part of Kiwanis Kids Day.
They even received a free lunch and a stuffed animal.
"This is the 42nd year that we've been doing it," Alan Davis of Kiwanis Club of Phoenix said. "In 1973 one of our early members of the Phoenix Kiwanis Club was also a board member of the fair and he saw a special need for special need students and he saw that they didn't have the opportunity to be able to enjoy the fair like other children can."
Kiwanis Kids Day at the Fair is an invitation-only event for special needs students throughout the greater Phoenix area.