Prepare to Pick Pumpkins From Cal Poly Pomona's Pumpkin Patch!

Prepare to Pick Pumpkins From Cal Poly Pomona's Pumpkin Patch!
The 10th Annual Pumpkin Festival at Cal Poly Pomona on Oct. 19-20 will offer children and adults a chance to pick their own with most pumpkins priced at just $3.
Cal Poly Pomona rodeo team member J.R. Blomberg shows Kenny Von Blackmon (4) how to rope a calf at last year's Pumpkin Festival. There is plenty of entertainment for the entire family planned for this year's festival.

For 10 years, Cal Poly Pomona?s Pumpkin Festival has been a fun and festive way for families throughout Southern California to get into the autumn spirit while also serving as a learning experience for thousands of kids.

This year?s Pumpkin Festival, scheduled for Oct. 19-20, again offers entertainment and activities for everyone. The current crop, planted and nurtured by students from the College of Agriculture, is ready for harvest. And with most pumpkins priced at $3 apiece, the pick-your-own arrangement has created a decade of memorable moments for visitors.

In addition, during the week leading up to this year?s Pumpkin Fest, more than a thousand elementary schoolchildren from throughout the area will visit AGRIscapes, the university?s 40-acre agricultural education facility. While there, the youngsters will be able to learn loads of cool facts about pumpkins.

?Our goal is to help kids understand what pumpkins are and how they?re grown,? says Anna Sariol, AGRIscapes program coordinator. ?We want them to make the connection and to have fun doing it.?

The weekend festival runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and admission is free. Harvesters need to bring shears, gloves and a method of transport ? be it wagon, wheelbarrow or pure kid power. And don?t forget the camera for those memorable photo opportunities.

As always, there are a lot of things to see and do at the Pumpkin Festival. Entrance to the petting zoo is $1 for adults and children. The Insect Fair, featuring a living insect zoo plus over 200,000 preserved specimens, is $4 for adults and $3 for students/children. And Saturday?s pancake breakfast (8-10:30 a.m.) supplies plenty of pancakes, juice and coffee for $4 per person.

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

?We hope that this event will again provide an opportunity for the community to come experience all the interesting things Cal Poly Pomona has to offer,? says Janet Mundy of the College of Agriculture. ?We invite everyone to come spend the weekend with us.?

Whether coming to campus from the Kellogg Drive entrance off Interstate 10 or via Temple Avenue, just follow the signs to convenient parking.

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