Monday, July 8 was the 34th annual Giddy Up! Grits, hosted by the Queens’ Alumni committee.

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The Queens’ Alumni host special needs children before the Park officially open. This year more than 680 people RSVP’d for the event.

The Caravan committee serves up a hot breakfast for everyone. Clowns, the ghost riders and other entertainers all come out to play.

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There’s even a western-themed photo booth. DSCF8318

But the best part is that the kids get exclusive and unlimited free access to the rides before anyone else is on Park.

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Although there was a little rain this year at the start, the kids were in high spirits. When I asked one mom what Giddy Up Grits meant to her, she said, “Giddy Up! Grits means getting to be a kid and just have fun.”