The Natchitoches Meat Pie Festival, held Sept. 14-15, filled the air with hot air balloons, energetic music, and the spicy aroma of meat pies. Vendors sold their wares from jewelry to metal wall hangings and more. A kids area offered a rock climbing wall, jumpers and other fun activities. Hot air balloon rides gave the public a bird’s eye view of the downtown riverbank and the beautiful Cane River Lake. A performance by Dark Woods zombies treated the crowd to a thriller dance toward the end of Saturday night. Friday night’s Brew Fest was “hoppin,” offering samples of specialty beers.