The Capital Fair opened its doors early Thursday for a special occasion - the Hydro Ottawa Special Needs Day.
Hundreds of people with special needs and their caregivers got the chance to check out the rides a day in advance.
"They actually just come in and have these rides made available to them at reduced speeds," said Dan Seguin with Hydro Ottawa. "They actually have people helping them on board, so something that during the actual fair, they would not be able to do. It's just one day gift-wrapped just for them."
Those visiting the fair had the chance to check out some midway rides, karaoke, a petting zoo and a barbecue lunch.
Parents said a day like this meant so much to their children.
"It's just an awesome day," said Dave. "The shout out goes to all these guys that are doing the rides and stuff. They've been awesome with the girls, really, really treating them like they're special... It's nice to be here without getting stared at."
The Capital Fair takes place at the Rideau Carleton Raceway and opens to the public Friday.