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Autism awareness festival held in Letcher County

By: Rebekah Pewitt Email
By: Rebekah Pewitt Email

WHITESBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - Hundreds of people raised money for autism awareness at the Letcher County Agrestic Music and Arts Festival for Autism Saturday.

Live music, crafts, and even a magic show entertained folks in attendance. For many, the festival meant much more than just entertainment.

Within the crowd at the Agrestic Festival in Letcher County, there are several people who know the joys and struggles that Autism can bring.

“I waited four years to hear the word dad, so it really pulls at your heart strings,” said Paul Brandon Fields.

Fields' son is autistic, but he says the disorder has yet to keep him from a normal childhood.

“He's made so much progress. He's my little hero. He's taught me more about life than anybody else. He's speaking in sentences now,” said Fields.

And organizers say they hope to keep the progress going for all families like Fields'.

Proceeds from the festival go to the Letcher County Autism Support Group.

The group offers support and education to families in Letcher County touched by autism on a daily basis.

“It’s something that you just need to be educated about. I feel like if we do that here, then we can raise awareness in our region, and we can help a lot of people,” said Organizer, Adam Sexton.

They say they hope everything done will help all kids with autism, continue to have that normal childhood.

The festival ended with a show from the local band Sundy Best.

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