Western Carolina State Fair invites families of unemployed CSRA residents

The Western Carolina Fair invited families of unemployed residents in the CSRA. they were given free admission, food, games, and rides.

"This is a beautiful thing, to watch them enjoy themselves," said Ritchie Cunningham.

Cunningham has been out of work for almost two years, and with three young children, he said it's been very difficult.

"During the times of hardship, you don't have any money to go out and do things, and have fun, and bring them out to games and parks," said Cunningham.

The Western Carolina Fair teamed up with the Megiddo Dream Station charity to treat Cunningham and about six other families to a free day at the fair. The kids spent about six hours at the fairgrounds, with games, and unlimited rides. Single father Ryan Grey came to the fair with his four children. Grey has been unemployed for 4 months and he said that his kids needed a day to just have fun.

"I feel awesome, it's a great feeling, just to see my kids, and other children getting a chance to enjoy themselves," Grey said while watching his kids rid play a balloon game.

Rachael Wolf, ticket sales manager at the Western Carolina State Fair, says families like Cunningham's and Grey's are the reason they wanted to open their doors to unemployed residents in the CSRA.

"We just really wanted to give back to the community, and um, so we decided to bring these two groups out and hopefully be able to give them the experience they wouldn't normally get to have."