WEST LONG BRANCH: The banner across Locust Avenue near Franklin lake Park announced the second year Fall Festival event at the park. Its message was fulfilled as more fun rides, two hayride vehicles, pooches advocates and inflated rides made a happy day that was nicely warmed by the sun.
The pumpkin patch by the new castle across the lake featured 500 pumpkins at sizes that fit just right in children's arms as they carried their treasures to the pumpkin painting table for more fun.
The ASCPA was the benefactor of the day, with school kids and animal lover agencies showing how people can do good things for our furry friends.
Big trucks from the town and fire companies were there for the touching, every child's fun wish. And there was a lot of youngsters from stroller age to high schoolers with community service missions.
Clowns smiled with gleeful faces and handed out special balloons shaped like hats, puppies or just about any form one would want. The inflatable rides were a big crowd pleaser. The PTA, the Education Foundation and special school displays were busy with answering questions and handing cookies and donuts out, along with apple cider and water.
The WLB Recreation Commission set things up and local merchants and vendors gave their support with food and treats for all ages.
Police were there as well, some off duty and some mixing with the town folks while keeping streets safe.
Music filled the air all afternoon. Morning clouds had left. It all turned out great!