DURANT, Okla. (KTEN) — Students with special needs from dozens of Oklahoma schools and some adults with special needs got to show off their creativity and talents at a Special Olympics arts and music festival.

Judges carefully assessed the acts, but everyone went home with at least one medal or ribbon in the end.

Dawnnesha Scales from Idabel High School has participated in Special Olympics since middle school. For her, it's not just about the events — she enjoys having new experiences.

"Going out, meeting new people, and being in new places that I haven't been," Scales said. "I rarely do get out of the house."

Idabel coach Charla Clements likes seeing students and adults with special needs get their own dedicated time to shine.

"The purpose of Special Olympics is a chance for all of our athletes to shine and to be accepted and included," Clements said.

Now, Red River Area Special Olympics is looking ahead to their next event, a track and field competition in March.