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The ferris wheel, bumper cars and other carnival rides are something a special group of kids got to experience Thursday at the Mount Carmel Festival in Lowellville.
Not only were the kids treated to free rides at the festival, the entire venue was closed off just for them for three hours. It’s all part of Orr Donatelli Day where a group of handicap children are treated to a day at the festival. About 70 students from the Leonard Kirtz School in Austintown and the Purple Cat in Youngstown participated in the program.
“They have a great time here, and I’m enjoying myself watching them have such a good time,” said Alisa McRoberts with the Leonard Kirtz School. “They just love coming. There were so excited this morning when they came to the school.”
Irma Carchedi has attended the event every year. She said it’s an important program for the Mount Carmel Society.
“We love doing this for the handicap children,” said Carchedi.
After spending a few hours on the rides and braving the heat, the students were treated to a free lunch in the air-conditioned hall. Local businesses donated the food and “goody bags” for the students.
The event was started about 30 years ago by former Mount Carmel Society President Orr Donatelli who had a child with a disability.
The event is open to any organization that works with developmental disabilities.