On Saturday, as the temperatures cooled and the weather felt like fall, hundreds of people walked around the property of the relatively new Vintage Church in Harker Heights.

Eric Deal, the church’s teaching pastor, said church leaders anticipated 3,000 to 4,000 people would attend the fall festival.

In the past, the church has held a trunk-or-treat, but they opted for the festival this year.

On the church’s property were local food trucks and vendors, a petting zoo and pony rides, bounce houses, a chili cook-off, fall-themed yard games, and even a large pumpkin patch.

Sam Fadare of Killeen attended the festival with his 2-year-old daughter, Josephine Fadare.

He said his daughter’s favorite part of the festival was playing with the animals, whether it was riding the pony or playing in the petting zoo.

“I think it’s a great family event,” Fadare said. “Especially at the start of fall.”

Deal acquired the nearly 2,000 pumpkins for the pumpkin patch from local farmers.

Proceeds from the pumpkin patch will go toward expanding the church’s kids ministry and overseas missions.

One of the children walking around looking for the perfect pumpkin was 5-year-old Sadie Thomas of Harker Heights.

Sara Thomas, Sadie’s mother, said her daughter was having a blast.

“It’s a great time for our family to get together,” her mother said. “Our child is having a great time.”

To senior pastor Stephen Martin, the festival afforded attendees the opportunity to see what happens on a Sunday morning.

“It’s kind of an extension of church,” Martin said.

Those wanting to buy a pumpkin from the church can still do so. The church is located at 171 Farm-to-Market 3219 in Harker Heights.

The pumpkin patch is open every day until Halloween, Oct. 31.

Hours of operation are 1 to 7 p.m. Sundays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays.

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