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Ohio State Fair will have sensory-friendly morning for sensitive groups

The Ohio State Fair is opening its gates early July 31 for people with disabilities who want to enjoy the fair, but without all of the lights and sounds.
File photo of the state fair in Ohio (WBNS photo)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WBNS) — Beginning July 24, the Ohio State Fair brings the promise of rides, shows and excitement.

However, all the commotion can become overwhelming for some, which is why the fair is hosting a sensory-friendly morning on July 31.

The event, presented by White Castle, will have lights lowered and the sound turned down from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., according to OCALI, an organization that aims to promote access for people with disabilities.

“Fairgoers will have the opportunity to ride the rides with no flashing lights or music, visit the Fair’s many educational activities, take a break in the OCALI Quiet Room, and explore the many activities in the shade of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Park,” OCALI’s website read.

OCALI has also provided a social narrative for going to the fair, which can be found here.

Those attending the sensory-friendly morning also have the opportunity to use a parking permit for $5 to park closer to the fair. The parking pass and information can be found here.

“The Ohio State Fair isn’t just about food and rides – it is about community. We want to make the Fair as enjoyable as possible for all Ohioans, and Sensory Friendly Morning is one way we can achieve that goal,” said Ohio State Fair General Manager Virgil Strickler.

The Ohio State Fair runs from July 24 to August 4.