Thousands of people joined the 38th International Fall Festival

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)- It was a bit crowded in downtown Eau Claire Saturday, with streets closed off for the 38th International Fall Festival.

More than 10,000 people walked along South Barstow Street, Saturday.

“The streets are just completely packed, you can barely get around,” Festival Organizer Salina Heller expressed.

The 38th International Fall Festival gave way for people to take part in a cultural experience and visit downtown Eau Claire.

“It’s just great because it's a celebration of eau Claire and a lot of different cultures,” Bruce Hering said, who was visiting his hometown of Eau Claire from Madison.

Even the UW - Eau Claire marching band got down with it for the festival.

Following the band, kids lined the streets in hopes of getting candy from parade participants.

There were more than 70 entrees in the RCU Parade, as thousands of people lined up awaiting the event.

“I came here for my sister to give me some candy in the parade,” Olivia Z. said. Olivia said she was not concerned with the type of candy she received.

A variety of international foods sat on every corner, as more than 100 vendors set-up for the festival.

“It's a really nice day to showcase not only our local heritage and all the cultures here in the Chippewa Valley, but also our local businesses that make up the heart of downtown, and that's really what makes up the community, all of these unique businesses, that's what makes up Eau Claire,” Heller said.

The festival wrapped up around 6 p.m. and Heller said it has nearly doubled in size in the last few years.

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