Pick Pumpkins Straight From Patch!

Pick Pumpkins Straight From Patch!
Alyssah Lim, 1-1/2 years old, enjoys a visit to the Cal Poly Pomona pumpkin patch in October 2002.

Frank Lemos, 4, and his cousin Ray Lemos, 5, struggle under the weight of a pumpkin they found during the 10th annual Pumpkin Festival.

Pick your own pumpkin right out of the patch during Cal Poly Pomona?s annual Pumpkin Festival, Oct. 18-19. The weekend festival runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admission is free.

For 11 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. Most pumpkins are priced at $4 apiece. Harvesters should bring shears, 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, featuring a living insect zoo plus more than 200,000 preserved specimens, is $4 for adults and $3 for students/children. And Saturday?s pancake breakfast (8-10:30 a.m.) includes plenty of pancakes, juice and coffee for $4 per person.

In addition, during the week leading up to this year?s Pumpkin Festival, more than a thousand elementary schoolchildren from throughout the area will visit AGRIscapes, the university?s 40-acre agricultural education facility.

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

Cal Poly Pomona is located at 3801 W. Temple Ave. in Pomona. Parking is free during the event ? just follow the signs. For additional information, call the Pumpkin Festival Hotline at (909) 869-2215.