Hundreds of people took advantage of the balmy fall weather for the Gray Summit Baptist Church Fall Festival last Saturday, Sept. 30, which organizers described as the last fling of summer.

The event was held on the church grounds at 2705 Highway 100. There was no admission and no cost for food and drinks.

Although it was a family affair, there were enough activities for both parents and kids to keep the festival volunteers hopping.

At the entrance to the church grounds, firefighters and paramedics handed out bright yellow hard hats and chatted with youngsters.

The Ziesse brothers, Cole, who is 4 and Tucker, 2, were first in line to climb into the fire engine to grip the wheel and see what it feels like to drive the fire truck.

Kohl’s handed out red and black bike helmets and offered tips on helmet safety.

Sue Hooper, who has chaired the annual event for the past six years, said the main objective of the festival is to offer one last call for family summertime fun.

Youngsters could ride a barrel train or a full-grown horse, bounce in one of two bounce houses, practice Ninja moves in an obstacle course, participate in a cakewalk, make bracelets and design a kite from scratch.

Ed Leutwiler, Missouri Conservation agent, who brought along a display of Missouri critters, was equally popular with youngsters and adults.

Tamara Busch was interested in how to identify venomous snakes compared with friendly snakes while 10-year-old Amy Gehm was fascinated by the display of Missouri critters that lined Leutwiler’s booth.

Marsha Moore of Gray Summit displayed a family collection of antique and modern quilts, including a dozen traditional pattern quilts that her mother-in-law Emma Moore made over the years. She included one colorful modern quilt that she made at a block of the month class at Heide’s Sewing in South County.

Other booths were hosted by the Christian Motorcycle Association and Operation Christmas Child, where church members dropped off gifts. A bake sale table also was set up that offered pies, cakes and cookies.

“We think everyone had fun,” Hooper said.