DAVENPORT, Iowa — Officials with the Mississippi Valley Fair are apologizing to guests with special needs.
WQAD reports employees from the company that operates the carnival rides didn’t explain why they weren’t letting certain kids with special needs ride the rides on Tuesday, Which happened to be special needs day at the fair.
The fair manager says the workers failed to explain the height and weight restrictions specifically for children with special needs, and instead simply turned them away.
“I found out what happened at the turnaways right after lunch, and we jumped right on it. It went viral I felt terrible about that. I mean I wouldn’t do anything in the world to hurt these children or these adults, and we found out about it, we got right on it. We tried to correct it, and we will correct it,” says Bob Fox, fair manager.
Fox says special needs children can come back to the fair on Sunday and will be let in for free.