The annual Pumpkin Festival is returning to Cal Poly Pomona this fall with new attractions, games and entertainment.
A new “Ag Discovery Lane” will feature free exhibits, displays and demonstrations from farmers and growers. It will include a children’s activity zone with fun activities for the younger ones, like squash tunnels and a hay pyramid.
Other activities include:
- A treasure hunt in the corn maze
- Pumpkin-themed contests throughout the festival: pie eating, pumpkin carving, seed spitting and pumpkin costume contest for kids 2 and under.
- A field featuring 100,000 pumpkins
“We want the Pumpkin Festival to have the theme of ‘Celebrating California Agriculture,’ helping families discover agriculture in fun and exciting ways,” says Craig Walters, event director. “To do that, we’ve incorporated some attractions from traditional agriculture fairs and some that are educational.”
The 23rd annual Pumpkin Festival will take place Oct. 17-18 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Farm Store at Cal Poly Pomona, 4102 S. University Drive, off Temple Avenue.
The Pumpkin Festival has grown so popular over the years that it has become necessary to charge admission for the first time to ensure the event remains safe and family friendly, as well as to add new activities to the festival.
Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for children between the ages of 2 and 12. Children under 2 can get in free. Tickets will be sold online, at the Farm Store, and at the gate on festival weekend.
Credit cards will be accepted for payment, and guests are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance. Discounts will be offered on many pre-sale ticket packages. Proceeds support student clubs and Cal Poly Pomona’s farm operations.
To purchase tickets or for more information, visit https://pumpkinfestival.cpp.edu.