There were great pumpkins aplenty, glowing under a brilliant fall sky, that set the stage -- rather, the field -- for the 13th annual Pumpkin Festival sponsored Saturday at Greenfield Farm by the Greenfield Hill Village Improvement Society.

The Congress Street farm, previously owned by the Haydu family, is now cultivated by the Haydus under a lease agreement with the town of Fairfield.

Featured fall fare for the festival included a pumpkin patch, pumpkin painting, scarecrow making, hayrides and seasonal refreshments like apple cider. About 25 neighbors from the Greenfield Hill area served as volunteer staff, guiding families to activities. Linnea McHenry from the Connecticut Audubon Society was also onsite with Millie the barn owl and reptiles from the society's Burr Street sanctuary.

With election time around the corner, it was no surprise to see several politicos on hand, including interim First Selectman Michael Tetreau, who sported a GHVIS t-shirt and was serving cider, his running mate, Representative Town Meeting member Kristin McCarthy-Vahey, state Rep. Kim Fawcett pumpkin painting with daughter Cassie, and state Rep. Tony Hwang.

Helping organize the festivities were Tom Bremer, his wife Sandy, and John Jones and his wife Beth of the Greenfield Hill Village Improvement Society. "The fest was created in 1998 by Ann Carter and Didi Brandt," said Tom Bremer. "This site was originally Haydu Farm and there was a stand at the end of the driveway. The fest is the biggest event conducted by the GHVIS, which was founded by Elizabeth Bronson 114 years ago. It has always been free, and operating and advertising costs are covered by member fees."

The Lamastos of Fairfield got involved in fashioning a scarecrow. Four-year-old Penny decided "Scary Harry" would be an appropriate name for it. Little Iris was just looking ahead to her second birthday, which falls on Halloween.

Two-year-old Lili Jayne worked with her mother Callie to stuff hay into their scarecrow, held by dad Steve. For them, the event provided the perfect family activity on the sunny fall day.

Robert Hayes and his 1-year-old son Aidyn picked their way through a cornfield. Doug Melson and his 4-year-old daughter Elle pulled along a wagon carrying their pumpkin selections.

Perhaps the most popular feature of the event was, unsurprisingly, the pumpkin patch. There, Ramsey Goodrich strolled from the field with a large pumpkin balanced on each shoulder, thrilling his kids, Carter, 6, and Halley, 9.