LIVINGSTON -- Many residents were out to enjoy the mild weather and friendly atmosphere of the city's seventh annual Fall Street Fair.
The event, located on Main Street outside of City Hall, is the first of four this month. Three others will be held Oct. 14, 21 and 28 and go from 5 to 9 p.m.
The fair is a great way for people to get out of the house and connect with the community, said Jacquie Benoit, Livingston recreation superintendent.
"It's really kind of fun," she said. "You come down, hang out for a little while and you get to talk with neighbors."
Thursday's fair had a petting farm, bounce house and music.
Most of the entertainment and vendors will remain the same for all four events, Benoit said.
Information about various activities within the recreation department and the city will also be available, she added.
There is still booth space available for vendors at the final three events, Benoit said. The cost is $65 for the rest of the festivals this month. Space is free for nonprofits not selling anything.
Gurpal Samra, a former mayor who's running for City Council in November, was at Thursday's festival and has been to previous ones as well.
Since farming season is winding down and it's starting to get dark earlier, the fair is a good venue for people to come together, he said.
"One of the things that's great is this is one of the places where you see people that you haven't seen for a long time," Samra said.
While kids play in bounce houses and get their faces painted, adults can relax and take the time to talk about subjects ranging form sports to politics, he said.
"Kids tend to have more fun than grown-ups," Samra said. "It brings the community together and it's fun -- people tend to forget about hard times."
Claudia Flores, a home mom, was at the fair with her husband and son for the first time.
Flores' son convinced her to walk over because he wanted to pet the animals on display.
It's important for the community to come together with events like this, Flores said.
"For Livingston it is because there's nothing here," she said.
The only difficult part of the evening seemed to be parents trying to tell their kids they couldn't buy the puppies that were being sold by the petting farm.
Reporter Mike North can be reached at (209) 385-2453 or firstname.lastname@example.org.