It was sunny, then rainy and finally clear and chilly.
In classic, ever-changing New England weather for late summer, the Friday 13th evening's skies finally cleared and rainbows blessed the start of the annual SeptemberFest at Our Lady of Assumption Church.
Despite afternoon downpours, the Stratfield parish's attraction opened its three-day run on time and entertained hundreds with a mix of games, food, raffles, a tag sale and amusement rides.
The rides, as in previous years, were operated by Stewart Amusements of Trumbull, which provided a swing ride that malfunctioned the previous weekend at the Norwalk Oyster Festival, causing minor injuries to about 18 children aboard. However, no problems were reported Friday at SeptemberFest, and many visitors took a spin on rides at the event, including Dizzy Dragons, Scrambler, Quads, Wacky Shack, Zero Gravity, Cliff Hanger, Rock-O-Plane and Jumping Jumbos.
The fest also features carnival games like Cork Guns, Hoop Shots, Fish Pong, Balloon Darts, Roll-A-Ball and Water Gun Fun.
Food ranges from candy apples, cotton candy and popcorn to more substantial fare like ziti with meatballs, pizza and sausage-and-peppers.
SeptemberFest continues at Assumption Church, 545 Stratfield Road, on Saturday, from 1 to 10 p.m., and on Sunday, from 1 to 6 p.m. Admission is free, but tickets are sold for amusement rides. Wristband ride specials will be available for unlimited rides on Saturday and Sunday between 1 and 6 p.m.