Windsor Town Fair is back, new addition of Michael’s Sensory Space

Published: Jul. 20, 2022 at 8:21 PM EDT
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WINDSOR (WBNG) - Beginning July 21 and throughout the weekend, this will be the first time the Windsor Town Fair will be offered to residents in almost 20 years. With the fair making its return, a new experience called Michael’s Sensory Space will be offered to the younger attendees with the intention to be inclusive.

“It’s going to be an all-inclusive space for kids with sensory needs or kids without sensory needs,” said Creator Katrina McLean, Michael’s mother.

McLean spearheaded this vision of inclusion for children, like her son, with autism or other needs. “What other way to persevere but to show my son we’re going to succeed and we’re going to be included and we’re going to allow everybody else to be included as well,” she said.

With school out right now, the mother saw the fair setting as an opportunity to still be engaged with what the community has to offer. “There’s so many great programs within early intervention and within schools. Then once those are over, it’s kind of like where are we, where are we going to go, and what are we going to do,” said McLean. “And so many times, we tend to seclude ourselves. I wanted to be included in the fair.”

“Wanted to encourage her to just kind of have free rein over the space. She’s a parent of a child with sensory needs and knows what it’s going to be like for them, knows what they need or what they can benefit from, what they’ll enjoy,” said Amanda Jackson, the leader of the fair planning committee.

Once the space is all set up July 21, McLean went over some of the features that will be offered to attendees. “There’s some sensory bin options, there’s going to be an entire bubble tent,” said McLean. “There’s LED tubes, there’s going to be sensory hammocks, there’s going to be tunnels to climb through.”

“It is a small town so everybody knows everybody. More often than not, anybody will help anyone else. I think it’s a good representation of the inclusive sort of culture here,” said Jackson.

If the fair makes another return next year, there would be intentions to have the sensory space again. “Absolutely! With any luck, it’ll get bigger,” said Jackson.

Once the fair kicks off July 21, the experience will be around for the days-long event and it’s free of charge.

Attendees can look for the space a short distance away from the traditional fair rides and food. You can follow this link to head to the fair’s website.

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