Bring the Family to the Pumpkin Festival


Bring the Family to the Pumpkin Festival
Pumpkins of all sizes will be available at the annual Pumpkin Festival.
College of Agriculture student groups will provide food and games.
Admission is free to the Pumpkin Festival.

Fall is here, and there is no better way to celebrate the season than to gather pumpkins at Cal Poly Pomona's annual Pumpkin Festival on Oct. 18 and 19 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission to the festival is free, and pumpkins start at $4 apiece.

The 16th annual festival invites guests of all ages to take part in the campus' tradition of picking pumpkins right out of the patch. A variety of family-friendly activities will be featured, including a petting zoo, horse rides, face painting, a moon bounce and slide.

There will also be an insect fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at AGRIscapes, located next to the Farm Store at Kellogg Ranch. More than 200,000 specimens of preserved and fossil insects will be on display. Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under.

On Saturday, there will be a pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. providing flapjacks, sausage, coffee and juice for $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under.

Student clubs from the College of Agriculture will also host a number of food and game booths. Hamburgers, corn, tacos, baked goods, pie, smoothies and kettle corn will be served for a small fee. Guests also have the opportunity to win a variety of prizes by participating in the fishing game, Skeeball, pumpkin bag and ping pong ball toss.

During the festival, the Farm Store will sell a variety of pumpkins, gourds, squash and other fresh produce.

Parking is free and will be available in lots K and B.

The Pumpkin Festival is located 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 www.cpp.edu/~agri/news/pumpkin.shtml.