Chippewa Falls (WQOW) - The 19th annual Special Kids Day event kicked off Thursday afternoon at the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds in Chippewa Falls.
The two-day event is put on for children with cognitive and physical disabilities. There was plenty of food, a bouncy house, limo rides and lots of music and dancing. The Rockin' Robin Dance Contest was judged by three of News 18's Own, including daybreak anchors Aaron Rhody and Bridget Curran, as well as Meteorologist LeAnn Lombardo.
News 18 is a proud supporter of Special Kids Day. There are actually more than 90 sponsors, who chip in to cover the cost of the event so that anyone can participate free of charge.
Tom Leuck, the founder of Special Kids Day, said there aren't many events in the area tailored to kids with special needs, which can make it difficult for them to enjoy. "There are a lot of good programs out there, but this one here is to relax and have a good time and jump around and play, things that other people won't do.”
Over 700 students are expected to participate in the two-day event, and 26 area school districts will be represented.