|A girl has difficulty carrying her oversized gourd that she picked at the Pumpkin Festival.|
|The Insect Fair will feature nearly a half million insects.|
|A girl checks out the pumpkin varieties at the Farm Store.|
With the days getting shorter and crops nearing harvest, Cal Poly Pomona invites its faculty, staff, students and the surrounding communities to take part in the 13th Pumpkin Festival, Oct. 15-16 (Saturday and Sunday), from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the university's pumpkin patch.
The event features numerous family-friendly activities including the local tradition of picking a pumpkin straight out of a patch. In addition, there will be horse rides, a petting zoo, food and games. The concurrent Insect Fair features nearly a half million live insects and display insects.
Admission to the Pumpkin Festival is free. Other activities have a small fee. Pumpkins are $4 each. Saturday's pancake breakfast (8-10:30 a.m.) includes plenty of pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee for $3 per person. Entrance to the petting zoo is $1. The Insect Fair is $4 for adults and $3 for students and children.
During the Pumpkin Festival, the Farm Store at Kellogg Ranch will provide more than 15 varieties of pumpkins, gourds and squash for purchase. To celebrate the season, pumpkin breads, corn, corn stalks, straw bales and wheat bundles are also in stock.
The Pumpkin Festival will be at the pumpkin patch near the Farm Store on Temple Avenue between University Drive and South Campus Drive. Free shuttles will transport participants to the Insect Fair in the Bronco Student Center.
While providing family-friendly entertainment for the surrounding communities, all proceeds from the Pumpkin Festival go toward the College of Agricultures student club activities and support farm operations within the college.
During the Pumpkin Festival, the Out-Laws of Physics will perform from 9-11 a.m. near parking Lot U. The lively four-person band was formed in November 2003 by members of the Physics department. The personnel are: Jolene “Throte” Houser, vocals and rhythm guitar; John “Slo” Mallinckrodt, lead guitar; John”Phingerz” Jewett, keyboard; and Harvey “Styx” Leff, drums. The Out-Laws of Physics genre is vintage country music, with some rock and roll, blues, and a little swing thrown in.
For more information about the Pumpkin Festival, call (909) 869-2215. For more information about the Insect Fair, call (909) 869-2183.