ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) -- This was the ninth straight year the Vikings played host to more than one thousand preschool and elementary aged students with special needs.
"Today I've been with Oak Grove School. They are such an amazing group to be with. We did running earlier and then a long jump. Everyone gets to see how well they get to do performing and honestly it's just been a bunch of fun so far," Northside Student Jenna Hendren said.
The event is one of the biggest in the world for one simple reason.
"Because there are no limitations today. Limitations are erased today and everyone is here just having fun and cheering each other on," Event Organizer Dana Kreklow said.
It's a lot of work for a lot of community groups. So why do they do it? Well the payoff is simple.
"Just to see the kids smile. To see them laughing, smiling and having fun today," Kreklow said.