Downtown McMinnville was alive with activity and bursting with fall colors Saturday for the 20th annual Autumn Street Fair.
Vendors lined the street while the smell of food wafted through the air to greet the thousands of visitors in attendance.
"We love it," said local resident Laurie Holt, who came to the street fair with her son, Hunter. "He's been begging me to get down here all morning and we finally made it. I think they should do this more than once a year. This one is great. Maybe they could add another one to kick off spring."
Gwen Hildreth had a booth filled with fall flavor as she was selling a number of handmade fabric pumpkins. She said she made 69 of the pumpkins in three days.
"We sold these pumpkins last year at the Civic Center craft fair and several people said I should get started with selling them earlier in the year so that's why we decided to try the Autumn Street Fair," said Hildreth, a longtime sewer. "I've been doing this for years and years. I want it to say on my tombstone, 'She who dies with the most fabric wins.'"
Sue Allison and Denise Adcock were early visitors to Hildreth's booth. Allison came wearing her UT orange and said she was anxious to get back for the game.
"My whole house is decorated in UT," said Allison.
Master carver Tim Muscetta was on hand with his woodwork, which didn't include his popular chainsaw bears. Muscetta said he is phasing out the popular bears because of the tough labor involved.
"I'm getting older and a chainsaw is something that's not very forgiving," said Muscetta. "So the last time I'll be offering the carved bears will be at this year's Civic Center craft show. If anyone has been wanting one, this will be your last chance except for a few special orders."