Kilgore SAFFE Day offers food, fun, education – KLTV

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KILGORE, Texas (KLTV) – A day of fun, games and family time, in the return of an annual event in one East Texas town.

The Covid era had cause a two year hiatus, but ‘Saffe Day’ returned to Kilgore today.

“Kids and adults with special abilities, that can get out and enjoy themselves. Be involved in an activity that everyone can do, unfortunately there are some things that kids with special abilities will not be able to interact with, but here at Saffe Days , it’s for everyone,” said event co-organizer Joe Stephens.

“Saffe Day, that is ‘Special Abilities Family Fun Event’ started in 2012, and this is our 10th anniversary. We normally have 2-to-5 thousand throughout the day. It’s a 5 hour event,” said event director Josie Ashley.

For event ambassador 17 year old special needs teen Karabeth Chanler, it’s an event she’s overjoyed about.

“It’s fun, and ‚and exciting,” she says.

Tailored for those kids and adults with special needs and limitations, to come out and enjoy food, music, meeting firefighters, and generally just having a good time.

“Everybody is special,” Ashley says.

For the parents, it’s priceless.

“It’s really good because my son likes to socialize, likes to see people ‚likes to meet people, likes the music. He’s a very sociable person,” says Robin Roberson, who brought her special needs son to the event.

All events and attractions were made handicapped accessible, and everything down to the food and drink was free.


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