By Mike Dougherty

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It looked and felt a lot like summer at the Midtown Village Fall Festival in Center City Sunday afternoon.

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Live music filled the air and vendors lined the streets as thousands of people enjoyed a gorgeous afternoon at the 8th Annual Fall Festival.

Nate from Northern Liberties just crossed an item off his bucket list:

“I was in a pen with a pig, giving pig cuddles,” he said. “It was a good time.”

The area between Chestnut and Locust near 12th and 13th Streets — also referred to by some as the “Gayborhood” — has come a long way in recent years, according to John from Sewell, New Jersey:

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“Wow! I’ve been coming to this neighborhood since Robin’s Bookstore opened back in the 70’s. It’s completely changed — it’s a lot more families, a lot younger demographic.”

Sue has been to all eight Midtown Village Fall Festivals, and she, too, is astounded by how much the neighborhood has improved over the years. She believes the festival is a big reason why:

“People might come in because they’re interested in the festival itself and then they discover some of the neat shops and restaurants that are actually part of the neighborhood, and they will being them back later when the festival is gone.”

And she loves seeing the diverse crowd the festival draws.

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