|A group of youngsters get their picture taken at the Pumpkin Festival in 2006.|
|John Thomas Zasadzinski sits on a pumpkin in 2006.|
|Kevin O'Reilley and son Artemus with a wagon full of pumpkins.|
Cal Poly Pomona will welcome thousands of people looking to pluck pumpkins from a patch during its 15th annual Pumpkin Festival on Oct. 20 and Oct. 21, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
The annual harvest features family friendly activities including horse rides, a petting zoo, food, games and live entertainment. The largest attraction at the festival continues to be the local tradition of picking your own pumpkin straight out of the patch.
“We started getting calls during the spring quarter from groups looking to attend,” said Janet Mundy, College of Agriculture administrative analyst. “The festival easily pulls in 20,000 people during the weekend.”
Student clubs from the College of Agriculture will sponsor a variety of food and game booths for a small fee. The fun features include a moon bouncer, a giant slide and face painting. Food and drink booths will offer a variety of refreshments including carne asada tacos, roasted corn on the cob and smoothies.
On Saturday, there will be a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m., with flapjacks, sausage, juice and coffee offered to adults for $5 and kids for $3. Admission to the Pumpkin Festival is free, and most pumpkins are $4 apiece.
During the festival, the Farm Store at Kellogg Ranch will offer a variety of vendor booths and contests including a scarecrow contest and a pumpkin-themed cooking contest. The Farm Store will be selling a variety of pumpkins, other gourds and squash.
The Pumpkin Festival will be at the pumpkin patch near the Farm Store on Temple Avenue between University Drive and South Campus Drive. All proceeds from the festival go toward the College of Agriculture's student club activities and support farm operations within the college.
For more information, call (909) 869-2215 or visit http://www.cpp.edu/~agri/news/pumpkin.shtml.
Free shuttles will be available to transport participants from festival to the concurrent the Insect Fair in the Bronco Student Center.