COTTAGE GROVE - The Sept. 23 Oktoberfest brought the crowds to Hope Glen Farm in Cottage Grove. Michael and Paula Bushilla opened their rustic spread for an afternoon of hayrides, pumpkin painting, food and music.

The annual fall frolic raised an estimated $15,500 for Friends in Need Food Shelf in St. Paul Park. Kids communed with ponies and pigs and geese at the petting zoo, courtesy of Animals of Walton's Hollow. Cottage Grove Mayor Myron Bailey served as emcee.

The afternoon included live music from Crazy George and balloon art by Mandana and a tour of the farm's Treehouse honeymoon suite.