Special Needs Day
Thursday, August 13th, 2020

Hydro Ottawa, in partnership with World's Finest Shows midway and the Capital (formerly Gloucester) Fair, has provided children and adults with developmental and/or physical disabilities to a private day at the Fair for over 15 years.  Hydro Ottawa's generosity and legion of volunteers make it possible for children who would otherwise not be able to attend a fair, to hopefully have one of their best days of the year.


The Special Needs Day occurs on the Thursday before the Fair opens.  It will host up to 1,500 guests to a fun and FREE day of speed appropriate midway rides, a BBQ hotdog lunch with ice cream, a Karaoke party, live entertainment and of course, the Mona Lea petting zoo.


Guests arrive before 10:00am when Hydro Ottawa volunteers assign lunch schedules and stamp hands so everyone can go directly to the midway rides.


On the midway, volunteers from World’s Finest Midway and Hydro Ottawa gently help guests on and off the rides.  The petting zoo and Karaoke party are open in the Kids area where lunch is provided in the Hydro Ottawa lunch tent.  Doo Doo the Clown and friends entertain the guests while courtesy of Schneider's Canada, the Hydro Ottawa Food Preparation Team serves a BBQ all-beef hotdog lunch, followed by a Chapman's vanilla ice cream dessert, sponsored by the Kiwanis Clubs of Eastern Ontario.


If you are noticing a theme here… yes!  Please be sure to thank all our wonderful volunteers and sponsors for their commitment and dedication to making this great day happen!


After a wonderful day at the Fair, everyone is typically exhausted and on their way by 2:00pm.


And then planning starts, to do it all again, next year.

Special thanks to all our sponsors!

Kiwanis Clubs of Orleans
Rideau, Ottawa, West Ottawa & Nepean

The Gloucester Agricultural Society

Office : 613-741-3247   Fax: 613-744-2672

FAIRGROUNDS: Rideau Carleton Casino

                           4837 Albion Road SOUTH, Ottawa ON  K1X 1A3

HOME OFFICE:  2149 Hubbard Crescent, Ottawa ON K1J 6L3

Program details subject to change without notice


and the Kiwanis Clubs of Rideau, Ottawa, West Ottawa, Nepean, Manotick, Riverside & Sage

Funding provided by the Government of Ontario