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Posted: April 29, 2013 2:14 p.m.

Let the games begin

Special Olympics kicks off with a parade

Danielle Everson/

The 2013 Newton County Special Olympics kicked off Monday as volunteers, athletes and participants marched, walked and drove from Home Sharp Stadium to the downtown square in a parade, waving to the spectators gathered for the festivities.

Parade participants returned to Sharp Stadium for the annual event’s opening ceremonies, where a banner contest was held, the Special Olympic oath was recited and graduating special education seniors from each of the high schools conducted a torch run.

Track and field events continue Wednesday at Sharp Stadium, with high-school and adult athletes competing. Entertainment and other activities will be provided between the events.

Closing ceremonies will be from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Friday at The Church at Covington, 11975 Ga. Highway 142, Oxford.

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