WXLP Morning Host Thinks Fair Wasn't Fair
August 1, 2014 at 9:08 AM (PT)
TOWNSQUARE MEDIA Rock WXLP (97X)/QUAD CITIES morning co-host GREG DWYER has blogged about a recent event that affected some local kids with autism -- including his daughter.
He posted, "Today we went to a ‘Special Needs Day’ at our SUMMER Fair, like we do every year. KATIE seems more comfortable with the pace of this day, with less hustle and bustle, and generally less-crowded rides. The Fair offers free admission and rides for 3 hours for families with a special needs member. It’s a very cool thing to do, but let’s be honest, nobody is going for sainthood here. The Fair makes the money on the back end, when food vendors and Midway split their take from all these extra people (and their purchases of food, games, etc..) on an otherwise dead attendance time window."
But there were problems. DWYER noted, "We were told by a ride operator that these kids could no longer go on rides that go in the air (or, about 90% of the rides my daughter was interested in riding, and had been on in years past with no issue.) Can’t ride the rides? At the Fair? On Special Needs Day? I’ve never felt more used by a company than today. This ride company made a decision to alienate the very group they were advertising to attract.