HITCHCOCK — People of all ages with special needs are invited to participate in Special Kids Day at the Galveston County Fair & Rodeo on Tuesday.

The day starts at 8:30 a.m. and lasts until about 2 p.m. It will include a rodeo show, free carnival rides and free lunch. Additional attractions include animal exhibits, face painting, buckets of bubbles, a horseshoe toss and a treasure hunt.

Special Kids Day has been a staple of the rodeo for more than a decade, said Parade Chairwoman Helen Mueller, who is involved in coordinating the event.

She said more than 1,500 people attended in 2012.

“Special Kids Day is heart warming because a lot of those kids would not get to come otherwise,” she said.

Santa Fe police and firemen will allow attendees to sit inside their vehicles, and the Galveston County Sheriff’s Department is bringing its race car, she said.

“It’s a way for kids to talk to police officers so they can explain that they are their friends and not to be scared of them,” Mueller said.

Call 409-986-6010.

Contact reporter Whitney Hodgin at 409-683-5236 or whitney.hodgin@galvnews.com.

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