Cal Poly Pomona is canceling the annual Pumpkin Festival scheduled for this fall because of the coronavirus pandemic, and will instead sell pumpkins to be made available in alternative ways.
Festival organizers are growing the pumpkins at Cal Poly Pomona’s Spadra Farm and will sell them to individuals and in bulk to groups.
There is also a new addition this year, something that will appeal to those planning to bake and cook with their pumpkins.
“New this year, we are growing organic pie pumpkins for all of you who have rediscovered your kitchen during the lockdown,” festival Director Craig Walters said.
Organizers still working out the details about how the public can come pick out and buy pumpkins, he said.
Organizers also plan to share recipes for pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, and pumpkin soup. They also will hold some fun virtual contests, activities, and live broadcasts, including a pumpkin carving contest.
“We welcome your input and ideas to make this a fun, but safe, October,” Walters said.
Started more than 25 years ago, the Pumpkin Festival has evolved from a humble patch to a weekend fair that draws thousands from across Southern California and features a corn maze, petting farm, hay ride, and Insect Fair.
“Your support in the past is greatly appreciated, and we look forward to seeing you all again soon at the Pumpkin Festival and all of the other activities and events at AGRIscapes and Discovery Farm,” Walters said.
For more information, visit https://www.cpp.edu/~pumpkinfestival/.