Museum Fall Fest

Courtney White, 7, and her sister Cameron White, 11, explore the Anniston Museum of Natural History with flashlights during the third annual Anniston Museums and Gardens Fall Fest on Saturday. (Bill Wilson / The Anniston Star)

Hundreds attended the third annual Anniston Museums and Gardens Fall Fest Saturday afternoon.

Patrons enjoyed hayrides, a costume contest, food, games and a flashlight tour of the exhibit hall at the Anniston Museum of Natural History.

Alan Robison, the executive director of the Anniston Museums and Gardens, was giving out flashlights so people could experience the Museum of Natural History in a different light.

“The lights come off and you carry the light with you to see the galleries in a way you’ve never seen them before,” Robison said.

“It’s a specialized tour when you select the light, sometimes you see things from your perspective you’ve never seen on the regular tour,” Robison said.

In the gallery, voices echoed in the darkness punctuated by beams of light illuminating dinosaurs, animals and snakes.

Cameron White, 11, and her sister from Wedowee were running around showing each other what they had discovered.

“I think it’s great,” Cameron said.

White said she enjoyed  the “little crystalized thingys” referring to a display of rocks and minerals which sparkled when the flashlight was pointed at them.

“With the flashlight it’s kind of different, you have to search,” Cameron said.

Outside the museum costumed kids and adults were running around having fun as the scents of funnel cakes wafted in the crisp air.

Melissa Mitchell was sharing a funnel cake with her granddaughters next to the Berman Museum in front of a bouncy house.

“They’re delicious; it’s my favorite food,” Mitchell said who added that she could smell them a mile off.

Dan Spaulding, senior curator at the Anniston Museum of Natural History, showed off the museum’s animals during a hay ride.

“We like to scare people here today but they’re having fun,” Spaulding said.

Lydia Cooper brought her 8-year-old daughter who was dressed up in black adorned with face paint looking quite ghoulish.

“Oh, I love it. We come every year. It’s our family tradition. We come throughout the year just to hike the trails and check out new exhibits they have. We’re always here. This is our stomping ground,” Cooper said.

​Staff writer Bill Wilson: 256-235-3562. On Twitter @bwilson_star.