James Youngberg, 2, takes a pumpkin from Katie Youngberg at the USO Fall Fest, Saturday.

Cool autumn weather set the stage for this year’s USO Fall Fest, as about 2,000 gathered at the USO-Metro Warrior and Family Center, Saturday. Families turned out for a myriad of activities, as Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Jason Young welcomed Families to this special facility.

“I’ve only been Garrison Sgt. Maj. for a couple months, but I already know what a treasure this USO Center at Belvoir really is,” said Young. “Fall Fest is one of many programs the USO hosts each year, and they are driven by 350 volunteers.”

Active-duty service member Families picked out pumpkins in the field, and then helped children and toddlers paint them, while others enjoyed face painting, balloon hats, cookie decorating stations and a bounce house.

USO Metro President and CEO, Elaine Rogers, said it was a perfect day for this family-centric event. “What’s cool about this whole event is that we have hundreds of volunteers who are helping us put all this together. We have the best volunteers in the world and they really come out and support us. The pumpkin patch was a lot of work – somebody has to unload all those pumpkins and fill the field,” said Rogers.

There was also a presentation from the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Tea, a display from the Old Dominion Corvette Club, live music from Janus Project, and several food trucks.