ADA Sensory Day at the Tanana Valley State Fair

Published: Aug. 3, 2023 at 9:14 AM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - A new addition to the Tanana Valley State Fair is ADA Sensory Day.

On Wednesday, Aug. 2, an opportunity to enjoy the fair was provided to visitors who might not otherwise because of sensitivity to environmental stimuli.

While many who visit the state fair look forward to carnival rides, music, food and more, including large crowds. But it was a rather quiet morning on Tuesday as the ADA Sensory event took place between 10 a.m. and noon.

It was quiet but not silent and the lack of noise was no indication of a lack of joy. While many rides were closed and most vendors and activities had their music turned off or at a low volume, visitors with sensitivity to stimulation had smiles on their face as they were able to enjoy the activities without being overwhelmed.

Some people find the culmination of elements too much to enjoy and the combination might induce a panic attack or some other adverse reaction. To prevent that, the fair reduced and limited the total quantity of sounds and movement so the entire community had an opportunity to enjoy the fair without facing any issues. This means those that are more sensitive could take part in the annual fun without the loud noises, flashing lights or large crowds seen on a normal day.

For those that do find themselves reacting adversely to the busy environment, there is a sensory room in the George Castor Hall, allowing those folks to remove themselves from the environment and simply reset.