It was a fun-filled afternoon at the USO Warrior and Family Center on Belvoir, Saturday at the annual Fall Fest, with meals, games, face-painting, live music and skill demonstrations. 

The cool autumn weather drew a record crowd, according to the USO. 

“We have managed to make Fall Fest bigger and better this year, and we’re so grateful for all of our community partners and sponsors,” said Casey Pizzuto, USO manager. “I think we hit our attendance goal of 2,000 and we’re so thrilled all these families have come out to connect with the USO and all these other military families.” 

To accommodate the large crowd, Belvoir Garrison blocked off 9th Street in front of the USO, which allowed several food trucks to offer meals, and freed up space for the U.S. Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon to perform a precision exhibition. 

The pumpkin patch was especially busy, with children carefully choosing their own gourd to paint and take home. Inside, families decorated their own sugar cookies and enjoyed numerous entries in this year’s cupcake contest.

Pizzuto, smiling as she looked at the crowd and already thinking about next year, said, “Maybe we’ll make it a block party next year – who knows?”