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Free carnival set for Saturday in Lilburn

Special-needs children and families are invited to step right up for the “Greatest Carnival on Earth” hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Lilburn on April 19.

The free carnival will include pony rides, a jump house, Easter-related activities and food for families to enjoy. Noah’s Ark & Co., a charitable, nonprofit disaster preparedness organization, will also be at the carnival to share information on how families can create their own disaster communication plan and be better prepared in the event of a disaster.

The carnival is an annual service project for the church youth group ages 12 to 18 years, and there are 130 to 150 youth who participate with 25 adults to supervise. Each special-needs child, up to and including high school age, will be assigned one or two youth group members to escort them to the different activities.

“It has been a positive experience for those who have participated. Several families return yearly,” said Karen Frost, a commitee member. “Our youth have a deeper compassion and regard for these children after spending a day with them.”

The “Greatest Carnival on Earth” will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ and the Latter-day Saints, located at 1150 Cole Road in Lilburn.