Friday's beautiful late-summer weather made for a perfect opening night of SeptemberFest, the annual celebration at Our Lady of the Assumption Church of waning summer fun as the seasonal change to autumn looms.

The three-day carnival, marking its 19th year, featured carnival rides, games, sales and, of course, a broad menu of summer festival foods.

The event helps fund Assumption Church programs as well as parish community outreach efforts.

Fran Lichtenberg, co-manager of the fest's White Elephant Sale, pointed out the range of donated items on offer, from jewelry and house decor to furniture and clothing.

However, the carnival rides -- about a dozen of them -- were the main attraction on the parish's Stratfield Road grounds, including favorites like the Wacky Shack and Dinos, operated by Stewart Amusement Co.

Alongside these was an array of food booths and traditional carnival games of chance and skill like softball toss and pop-a-shot.

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.