It's Almost Pumpkin Picking Time (2006)

It's Almost Pumpkin Picking Time (2006)
A father and son use a wheelbarrow to transport their pumpkins during the 2005 Pumpkin Festival.
Victoria and Emi Aguirre carry pumpkins during the 2005 Pumpkin Festival
Viet and Long Tran ride in a wagon with pumpkins during festival in 2004.

Fall has arrived and there are fewer more festive ways to usher in the season than with the annual Pumpkin Festival.

Thousands of orange gourds will be ready for the picking Oct. 21 and 22 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The festival is the largest fundraiser for the clubs in the College of Agriculture and one of the most popular events on campus.

Each club has a unique activity to offer. Activities include, but are not limited to, a petting zoo, moon bounce jumper, large slide, a fishing game, learn how to rope a calf, paint your own pumpkin, and face painting.  

Refreshment include: fresh lemonade, steak or chicken tacos, BBQ corn-on-the-cob, hamburgers, hot dogs, teriyaki steak and chicken, popcorn, pumpkin pie; and on Saturday morning pancakes with sausage and orange juice.  

The concurrent Ag Bio Club's Insect Fair features nearly a half million live insects and display insects. The insect fair runs each day from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Admission to the Pumpkin Festival is free. Other activities have a small fee. Most pumpkins are $4 a piece. Saturday's pancake breakfast (8-11 a.m.) includes plenty of flapjacks, 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 several varieties of pumpkins, other 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.

The Out-Laws of Physics will perform from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 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.

All proceeds from the Pumpkin 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: