COLLEGEVILLE -- Nature lovers and hikers came out to St. John's University for its annual Collegeville Colors event today to enjoy the activities and the beautiful Autumn scenery on St. John's trails.

The event featured educational booths, live music, and as much Booyah stew as one could eat.

Sarah Gainey of St. John's Outdoor University has been involved with the event for 11 years.

Gainey says that they try to add new features to the event every year.

"For those who come back year after year we always try to have some new things as part of the day," Gainey says.

"We have a table out on the trail teaching people how to felt, we have a table with live reptiles and amphibians, a lot of different musicians along the way - so a lot of new and different stuff."

With the weather already being windy, the sun disappeared behind overcast skies for the first few hours of the event.

The suddenly-gloomy weather did not deter people from coming out to take in the bright fall colors.

"[Collegeville Colors] is entirely weather-dependent, so when it's a warm sunny day we have hundreds and hundreds of people [here]," Gainey says.

"But we still have a lot of great, hearty folk out here today participating."

Gainey says the trails at St. John's are always a great place to visit.

"What's fun about this event is that you can come around the corner and encounter something that you don't normally don't see on the trail," Gainey says.

"It's a great day to be outside but also then encounter interesting things along the way."

Photo by Isaac Schweer, WJON