SALINE COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - The Saline County Fair kicked off Tuesday night, and part of the entertainment was a tribute to Kali Hardig.

One of the floats in the parade featured "Kali's Krew" in honor of the 12-year-old Benton girl who is beating the odds with an often fatal case of meningitis she caught while swimming.

Kali's mom was on the float plus friends from school, church and softball. Her mom said it's all about celebrating Kali's recovery and thanking the community.

Her mother said Kali can walk now with the help of some braces; she is also attending a basic school program at Children's Hospital where she's recovering.

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