COLLEGEVILLE - Even though it was a dreary, rainy day, people still came out to enjoy the beautiful scenery and fun events at St. John's Arboretum.

Some of the events that were supposed to take place outside had to move inside but people enjoyed the events wherever they took place.

John Giessler, who's spirits weren't dampened by the rainy weather, is the head of Outdoor University at St. John's University. Giessler took over as the head of the department at the end of June.

He says there are many reasons that fall is a special time of year in Central Minnesota.

"Being in the oaks here in the central part of the state, with that oak and maple mix with a little bit of conifer green. It just draws you in and it is a special time of year."

A few of the festivities at the Collegeville Colors festival were live music, a tour through the science center and a petting zoo. On the chilly Sunday afternoon a bonfire and hot apple cider became some of the main attractions.

The weather was a concern for organizers but Giessler says poor weather is just part of being outdoors.

"We knew there was a forecast of rain but you're just going to have to roll with it in Minnesota. You never know what you're going to get and that's just a part of outdoor education."

Gielssler was previously working in Duluth but attended St. Johns University and worked there under the previous director. He says earning this job was like a dream come true.


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