About 60,000 people are expected to attend the 21st Annual Pumpkin Festival at Cal Poly Pomona’s Farm Store.
The festival will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 19-20. Admission and parking are free, but individual activities may have a charge.
Visitors can pick out and buy their own pumpkins straight the patch, find their way out of a 10-foot-high corn maze, ride horses, take the kids to a petting zoo, sample some delicious treats on sale or play games at student-run booths.
“The corn maze is a hit. Not very many people get to go through a corn maze,” says Dawn Taccone, the Farm Store manager. “We’ve got great craft vendors, lots of great food vendors. And we have live entertainment going on each day.”
Pumpkins, which are grown by Cal Poly Pomona on land in Chino, are $5 each. All proceeds support College of Agriculture farm operations and student clubs and activities.
A pancake breakfast will be served on Saturday from 8 to 11 a.m. The cost is $4 for children 12 and under, and $5 for adults.
On Saturday, the university will hold the 8th annual Matt’s Run, a 5k walk/run that raises money for Student Scholarships. Also on Saturday and Sunday, thousands of live and preserved insects will be on display and for sale at the annual Insect Fair in the Bronco Student Center.
A major construction project on Temple Avenue east of the campus may affect travel for those who plan to take the 57 freeway or other points east when they leave the weekend events. The right-hand lane of eastbound Temple is closed between Pomona Boulevard and the 57 Freeway through Nov. 30. Westbound lanes are not affected.
For more information about the Pumpkin Festival, including a map, visit the Farm Store website.