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Friday, June 29, 2007

Special Rides For Special People Day at the Brazil Rotary Fourth of July Carnival took place Wednesday and was a big hit.
Hot, humid weather couldn't stop the fun on opening day of the Brazil Rotary Fourth of July Carnival.

More than 14 van loads of thrill seekers arrived to participate in "Special rides for special people" day, a day set aside for those emotionally, mentally or physically challenged.

Reithoffer Shows opened at 1 p.m., with free rides for the select group.

Riders were able to sample all the rides including the scrambler, bumper cars, full-tilt, tilt-a-whirl and experience the 118-foot tall Ferris wheel. The response was overwhelming.

"I look forward to coming to this each year," Dennis McCrery said. "This year is the best I've seen in a long time."

"I agree," Kathe Coopriver said. "Everything is so clean. The rides are the best. I'm so glad we came."

Wheelchair-bound McCrery usually has a hard time getting on the rides, but a few of the rides were accessible to him this year. He was also offered assistance by the Reithoffer staff.

"Usually, most carnivals don't even offer to help you on, it's against the rules. These guys are different. If it's OK with me, it's OK with them. That's a nice change," McCrery said.

In addition to Reithoffer's staff, Brazil Rotary members were on hand to help, ride with guests and offer encouragement.

"You get a good feeling when you see how much fun everyone is having," Frank Phillips, Rotary member said. "I've always enjoyed this day."

Chris Scruggs, with his seeing-eye dog Wilson, was having a great time.

"I can hear everyone laughing and talking a mile a minute," Scruggs said.

"I'll ride the merry-go-round, but that's about it. Wilson gets dizzy on the other rides, and he can't drive the bumper cars."

Operations Manager for Reithoffer Shows Nick Alberts said he'd received several compliments about the day.

"A lady with the Clay County Learning Center came up and thanked us. She said we were so nice, helpful and friendly. That's one of the nicest compliments we can get. I'm happy everyone had a great time," Alberts said.

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