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Ohio State Fair to have sensory-friendly time for rides this year

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Posted at 9:40 PM, Jul 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-22 11:24:46-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State Fair is collaborating with the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence to create a sensory-friendly morning during the fair.

On the scheduled day, the Ohio State Fair will turn down the lights and volumes of the rides so that fair-goers with autism spectrum disorders, sensory sensitivities and other social and cognitive challenges can enjoy the rides without the bright flashing lights or the loud music that tends to go along with them.

OCALI will have a “Quiet Room” and there will be educational activities throughout the fair as well.

“We know the fair can be a bit overwhelming for some people, said Ohio State Fair General Manager Virgil Strickler. “By offering some quiet opportunities and soothing activities, we’re supporting an enjoyable morning for all families.”

The sensory fair experience will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 31.

The Ohio State Fair takes place July 24 through August 4 in Columbus. For more information about the fair, click here.