By Hadas Kuznits

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Streets were blocked in the city’s Washington Square West neighborhood Saturday for the 7th annual Midtown Village Fall Festival.

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The Festival drew hundreds of people to the neighborhood located between Market and Spruce and Broad and 11th Streets.

“Wow!  There’s a lot going on!  All kinds of people and dogs having fun and all kinds of food,” one woman said

“I think it’s pretty awesome!  It’s pretty crowded, but there’s a lot of cool stuff,” this man said.

The festival’s founding president, James McManaman, says it has evolved out of Ludwig’s Oktoberfest.

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“In 2006 we started to work together as merchants,” he said. “We realized we could use that event and turn it into more than just an Oktoberfest; one that would be depictive of the new demographic –kids and strollers!”

Not only were there crafts and food, there were also games to play out there.

“Dunk tanks with both  Barack Obama and Mitt Romney side by side.  We’re very neutral, but we are counting to see who gets dunked the most,” McManaman said.

He adds that as the neighborhood continues to expand, so, too, does the festival.

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