Festival Offers Unique Opportunity to Pick Pumpkins Straight From Patch


Festival Offers Unique Opportunity to Pick Pumpkins Straight From Patch
For 12 years, the university?s Pumpkin Festival has offered family-friendly entertainment and activities. This year's festival will take place Oct. 16?17.

Pick your own pumpkin right out of the patch during Cal Poly Pomonas annual Pumpkin Festival, Oct. 16-17. The weekend festival runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admission is free.

For 12 years, the university's Pumpkin Festival has offered family-friendly entertainment and activities. The current crop, planted and nurtured by students from the College of Agriculture, is almost ready for harvest. It is located near AGRIscapes, on Temple Avenue, between South Campus Drive and University Drive. Free parking is available in Lot B across street from the patch. Most pumpkins are priced at $4 apiece. Harvesters should bring gloves and a method of transport — be it wagon, wheelbarrow or pure kid power.

Entrance to the petting zoo is $1 for adults and children. The Insect Fair, held in the Bronco Student Center, features a living insect zoo plus more than 200,000 preserved specimens, is $4 for adults and $3 for students/children. And Saturdays pancake breakfast (810:30 a.m.) includes plenty of pancakes, juice and coffee for $3 per person.

In addition, organized groups of elementary schoolchildren, boy/girl scouts, preschoolers, etc., can make arrangements to visit the patch the week prior to the Pumpkin Festival by calling (909) 869-2214 or (909) 869-2212.

All proceeds go toward College of Agriculture student club activities and support farm operations within the college.

For additional information, call the Pumpkin Festival Hotline at (909) 869-2215.