Thousands attended Groton's Fall Festival today at Poquonnock Plains Park, which drew more than 100 vendors including businesses, crafters, food vendors and government agenices.
The festival featured a Blackhawk helicopter for children to climb in, a show by entertainer Steve Elci, a Goju Kan karate demonstration, entertainment by Stretch the clown, a craft fair, food vendors and other children's activities like pumpkin painting.
Dillan Pendexter, 3, of Groton, made a mask, painted a pumpkin, got his face painted and won a prize at the frog toss all in the first couple of hours.
Gerri Vanwinkle, of New Jersey, said she comes to the festival with her husband every year.
"They have a lot of variety and they give you a lot of free things," she said.