The Wilson County Shrine Club held its annual special needs Christmas party Tuesday evening at the Wilson County Fairgrounds.
Joe Williams with the Shrine Club and who also coordinates the event said the event is for those with special needs in the Wilson County area and some of the attendees come from Prospect and some come from the school system.
Williams said this year brought in a larger number of attendees than usual, with around 160 people signed up to attend. Attendees were also allowed to bring one guest.
Williams said this event has been something that the Shrine Club has put on every year for more than 40 years.
“It started with a group of Shriners from Wilson County, and it’s carried on some way or another for all these years since,” Williams said. “The biggest part of the money to hold the event comes from a collection taken up from about 30 or 40 Shriners who give money for it.”
While the event is put on mostly by money raised from the Shrine Club, Williams said they also get a few donations locally for items like candy.
The event featured different types of entertainment for attendees, such as music, Shrine Clowns and dancing. Attendees were served a meal prepared by Sunset Restaurant, followed by an appearance by Santa Claus. All attendees also received a Christmas gift before leaving.