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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - It's hard to say who had a better time, special needs children who came out to the Lonestar Rodeo at Propst Arena at the VBC, or the their parents and school leaders who watched them enjoy the show. Emma Jenkins with Merrimack Hall says it's "the most entertaining audience you'll ever have" at the rodeo.

Merrimack Hall brought out more that 40 students to watch the rodeo. They made up an excited crowd of a few hundred. "Our students have been thrilled for like a month," says Jenkins.

The Lonestar Rodeo officially kicks off Friday night at 7:30, but special needs individuals of all ages were invited out for this "sneak preview". Austin, a student at Meridianville Middle, says the horses and cows were his favorite part of the program. Noah Webster, who came with his girlfriend to the show, said the bull riders really stood out. "It just had a lot of action.... felt like the old west," he told us. David Brooks came with his father, and said he had a great time, especially getting his Alabama Junior Deputy badge on the way in.

While the children watched in wonder, folks like Lauren Chenoweth with Merrimack Hall, enjoyed observing her students. "Anybody can have fun, anybody can enjoy something like this event, this rodeo," she says. "We all just want to be with our friends in a social environment and you can look at the smiles on their faces and know that it is all worth it."

As the video above will demonstrate, sometimes the smiles say more that words ever could.

The Lonestar Rodeo National Finals are Friday and Saturday night starting at 7:30 at Propst Arena.