Knights of Columbus Barbecue kicks off in a special way

Alex, 9, enjoys the first day of the K of C BBQ (KHQA/Marcus Espinoza)

A private event for children with disabilities kicked off the Knights of Columbus Barbecue.

Around 60 youth accompanied by their parents or guardians were able to experience the barbecue in a more controlled environment from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Lindsay Kinard brought her 9-year-old son, Alex, to the event for the very first time.

"It makes us feel really special," Kinard said. "It does. It's such a great event and for them to take the time to do this for the kids, I love it."

The event plays music at lower levels and allows the kids to take their time getting on and off rides with assistance.

"To come to an event like this at night where there are crowds makes it hard for us," Kinard explained. "So to have an event like this during the day, it's quieter. It's perfect."

Kinard said she couldn't imagine having a more perfect companion to enjoy the rides with.

"He's been the best thing that's ever happened to us," Kinard said. "I couldn't imagine Alex any other way. He has brought nothing but joy and smiles to us and our family and friends. Yeah, he's perfect."

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