If you live in or near Pomona, California and are looking for a great place to pick a pumpkin this Halloween then you might want to visit the Cal Poly Pumpkin Festival which is held on the campus of Cal Poly University in Pomona, California.The festival features a huge pumpkin patch filled with pumpkins. Attending the Pumpkin Festival and hunting through the fields for just the right pumpkin is an event that my family looks forward to every year and I’m sure that after you’ve been you will too.
The Pumpkin Festival is held on only one weekend a year. In 2010 Cal Poly will be holding their Pumpkin Festival on October 16 and 17 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Festival is located in the Farm Store parking lot and surrounding fields. Te address is 4102 South University Drive in Pomona, California. Parking for the Pumpkin Festival will be available in lots “K” and “B”. Parking for the Insect Fair will be available in lots “K”, “B”, and “C”. Limited Shuttle service will only be available if you park in lots “K” or “B”.
Choosing Your Pumpkin
Once you arrive at the festival you can walk through the fields and choose your pumpkins. There are thousands of pumpkins to choose from and almost all have already been harvested for you. The prices are very reasonable too, $5.00 each or 5 for $20.00. All of the pumpkins in the patch are about the size of a beach ball. They have a couple of different varieties of pumpkin and gourds too. If you don’t feel like walking through the fields to choose a pumpkin they also have large cardboard containers full of different sizes and varieties of pumpkins at the entrance to the pumpkin patch.
Food and Fun
After choosing your pumpkin you might want to head over to the Farm Store parking lot where a variety of games and activities for children are available. The games are run by Cal Poly Agriculture student club booths.Its always fun to see what each group of students has come up with. There is a minimal charge for the games and activities. If playing games isn’t your thing there are also a variety of food booths set up that you can purchase lunch or a snack from. Some favorites include hot buttered corn on the cob, kettle corn, funnel cakes, shaved ice and Mexican food.If you attend the Festival on Saturday morning they offer a pancake breakfast from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. that’s very popular with festival attendees. Breakfast for adults is 5.00 and the cost for kids is 12 and under is $4.00.
During the two day Pumpkin Festival there is also an Insect Fair that you can visit popular which features nearly 500,000 live and preserved insects.Children will love getting a close and personal look at these fascinating creatures.The cost to attend the Insect Fair is $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for college students and children between the ages of 3 and 12. Children 2 and under are free.
If bugs give you the creeps then you might want to spend some time with some warm blooded critters over at the petting zoo instead. The cost to get in the petting zoo is usually around a $1.00 and a cup of food will cost you about $.50
What To Bring
Unless you enjoy carrying beach ball sized pumpkins through the fields you will definitely want to bring something with wheels to put your pumpkin in, especially since where you pay for your pumpkin is a long way from where you picked it and where you parked is even further. You will also want to bring a camera as there are plenty of great photo opportunities. The sunflowers that line the fields make an especially nice back drop or head over to the Farm Store and take pictures posing on some of the antique trucks or other farm equipment. If its a hot day make sure you bring a bottle of water as it can get really hot walking through the fields looking for just the right pumpkin.
For More Information
You can visit the Cal Poly Pumpkin Festivals website or contact them by phone (909) 869-2215
Cal Poly Pumpkin Festival website