On Friday, Special Kids Farm and Ranch Day will be in full swing in Golden.
Established in 2000, the Special Kids Farm and Ranch Day event started with about 20 children in attendance. This year will be the 19th annual with over 250 special needs children expected to attend Friday at the Pavilion in downtown Golden.
By coordinating with the local schools of Wood, Rains, Van Zandt and Hunt Counties, Special Kids Farm and Ranch Day hosts children for a day of horseback rides, petting zoos, wagon rides, stick horse barrel racing, face painting, sensory activities, and lots of crafts and games. This event is put on with the help of many volunteers and donations from the surrounding communities.
There will also be students from various school clubs and organizations, such as FFA, student counsel, and honours students. High school students have the opportunity to volunteer for the day as a buddy. Each special needs student in attendance is paired up with a buddy who escorts them to the various activities and has lunch with them.
This year a teacher grant will be presented, the grant money is allocated to provide needed items for the students. There will also be two student grants given this year. The student grants are often awarded to help the student acquire medical or learning equipment.