PRESTONSBURG — A crowd of people turned out Saturday as the second annual Autism Walk was held downtown.
The walk was ushered from Prestonsburg High School down North Lake Drive to the town center parking lot by an escort of the Floyd County Rescue Squad, Prestonsburg City Police, Prestonsburg Fire Department.
Organizers estimated this year’s crowd at about 130, or twice as many as last year.
Prestonsburg Mayor Jerry Fannin welcomed everyone to the event.
“It is so important to get information about autism out to the public,” said Fannin, relating how times have changed since long-time friend Winn Ford was diagnosed with autism and there were no services available in the area. Fannin stressed how far the community has come, but also how far it still needs to go.
The event featured hot dogs and prizes.
Prestonsburg is home to the Highlands Center for Autism, the only Autism treatment facility of its kind in the state of Kentucky.