celebrating california agriculture

kid on top of a pumpkin mountain


mother and daughter covered by the corn maze


people walking through the hay maze


Kid eating a pumpking during a contest



A History of the Pumpkin Festival

Child carrying a pumpkin

The Pumpkin Festival is a two-day event held every October at the Farm Store at Cal Poly Pomona.

Started in 1991, the festival has become a very popular event, drawing thousands of visitors to pick pumpkins from a patch near the Farm Store. The College of Agriculture grows 80,000 pumpkins for the event.

The festival also features a corn maze that is specially grown for the occasion, horse rides, and a petting zoo. Visitors can compete and play games run by student clubs or listen to live music. Food and drinks are available to purchase from vendors.

Beginning in 2015, the festival will highlight and celebrate California agriculture by introducing “Ag Discovery Lane,” a section with free exhibits, displays and demonstration from farmers and growers. It will include a children’s activity zone with fun stuff for the younger ones, like squash tunnels and a hay pyramid. New additions also include pie eating, pumpkin carving, seed spitting and pumpkin costume contests.

The Pumpkin Festival is generally held on the same day as three other Cal Poly Pomona events: Preview Day for prospective students; the Insect Fair; and Matt’s Run, a 5K walk/run that raises money for student scholarships in memory of a student who died several years ago in an accident.


Aerial view of agriculture

AGRIscapes was created in 2001 as an Educational Outreach branch of the College of Agriculture at Cal Poly Pomona. Located West of the main campus on Temple Avenue, AGRIscapes occupies 20 acres of farmland and facilities. Included are the Visitor Center with space available for meetings, workshops and small conferences, The Farm Store at Kellogg Ranch which sells produce grown on campus along with other food items and the a large greenhouse complex used for production and research. Each year AGRIscapes hosts thousands of school children on field trips to our Children’s Garden and Petting Farm along with tours of the Center.

The College of Agriculture

Horses running across a field

The College of Agriculture is the founding college at Cal Poly Pomona and the only agricultural program in Southern California.

Five departments offer a wide range of fields for students to study and earn bachelor’s degrees:

  • Agribusiness & Food Industry Management
  • Animal & Veterinary Science
  • Apparel Merchandising & Management
  • Human Nutrition & Food Sciences
  • Plant Sciences.

The college ranks among the best in the nation in urban agriculture and apparel manufacturing, and among the best in the California State University system in equestrian science, animal veterinary technology and food and nutrition. It offers the only four-year animal veterinary technologist program west of the Mississippi River, and our students have excelled in passing the exams required to become registered dieticians and dietetic technicians.

Our graduate programs offer master’s degrees in agricultural science, nutrition and food science, and plant science.

Students gain a wealth of hands-on experience in the college’s facilities, which cover 12 buildings and more than 700 acres of land. They include the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center; three vineyards; cattle, sheep and swine units; an apparel technology research center; agricultural fields and greenhouses; and food labs.

For more about the college, visit www.cpp.edu/agri.

About Cal Poly Pomona

Old stables of Cal Poly Pomona

Cal Poly Pomona is one of only two polytechnic universities in California. It is known for academic excellence, hands-on learning, and affordable tuition fees. Education takes place both within and beyond the classroom, and students tackle real-world challenges, giving them an advantage as career-ready graduates.

Nestled in 1,438 acres on the eastern edge of Los Angeles County, the campus serves more than 20,000 students, faculty and staff who come from diverse backgrounds.

For more about the university, visit www.cpp.edu.

About Danny’s Farm Petting Zoo

Father and daughter pet an animal

Danny’s Farm is a nonprofit organization founded in 2007 by former Major League Baseball pitcher Jim Gott and his wife Cathy, in honor of their son, Danny, who is autistic. As a child, Danny was drawn to animals. Danny’s Farm was created to offer a safe and nurturing petting farm and social environment for children and adults with autism or other developmental disabilities.

Danny’s Farm provides a petting zoo at the Farm Store at Cal Poly Pomona, which is available for school field trips or private parties. The zoo also is open to the public nearly every Saturday from March through October. Danny’s Farm also offers a mobile petting zoo for parties and events around Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.


The Pumpkin Festival is proud to partner with these great organizations and businesses. Please check them out!

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Case IH

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Western Antique Power Associates

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Natural Delights

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Crop Production Services

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Casa Colina

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Verengo Solar

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Great Destinations

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Relay For Life

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Sun Date

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Polly's Pies

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Smart & Final Extra

For the first time, sponsorship opportunities are being offered at the Pumpkin Festival. With attendance growing each year, the Festival is a Family-Fun Fall adventure with animals, exhibits, food, music, activities and 100,000 pumpkins in the giant Patch.

Sponsorships are available to put your brand on one of the Festival areas and activities or to underwrite some of the live entertainment. We also are offering a ‘Friend of the Festival’ category to show your support and be a part of the fun. All sponsorships include generous placement of your names and logo including on our website, social media, signage and live announcements at the event. It also includes admission tickets for your guests and a VIP hospitality area. Contact Mary Romo at mmromo@cpp.edu or (909) 869-6971.

Please follow the link for more information: Sponsorship Flier


There are many opportunities to volunteer at the Pumpkin Festival or year round by helping with School Field Trips, maintaining the Children’s Garden and many other activities. For more information please contact Craig Walters at chwalters@cpp.edu or (909) 869-2780.


Admission & Activity Tickets

Father wheelbarrowing his daughter

Avoid the Lines and Get Your Tickets Presale!

For the first time a small admission fee will be charged to enter the Festival. Increasing crowds and costs in recent years have made it necessary to make this change to ensure attendees comfort and safety. Several new attractions have been added complimentary with admission making this an even better Family Fun Value!

Once inside the Festival gates you will notice that Pumpkins and most activities that have a charge will only accept activity tickets. These tickets will be sold both pre-sale and at the event from all ticket booths in $1 and $5 denominations. Activity tickets will not be accepted at the Farm Store or at most Food Vendors.

Tickets may be purchased pre-sale at the Farm Store or online by clicking the Ticket Info Button.

Parking & Shuttles

Pumpkin Festival Weekend:

Once again Festival parking is free but there are some new things to consider regarding parking at this year’s Festival. Due to construction a large parking lot near the Festival site is unavailable so most lots are further away. To help with this issue we are bringing in additional parking shuttle buses to transport you to the event entrances. There will be two shuttle routes, the Green and the Gold, and you will need to return on the same route to get back to your car.

Please be advised that there will be a limited number of buses that can accommodate large carts and wagons.

Pumpkin Patch Continues October 19th – 30th!

For non-festival Pumpkin Patch visits free parking will be provided in an area accessed from South Campus Drive West of Temple Avenue, there will be NO parking access from University Avenue. Please follow the signs and attendant's directions.

Directions & Driving Map

Directions to the pumpkin festival

Download the PDF

Cal Poly Pomona generally has held three other events on campus during the same weekend as the Pumpkin Festival.

College of Agriculture Alumni

Alumni, please make sure to look for a check-in table at the entrance to the Pumpkin Festival. We want to give you special recognition while you are at the event. We’ll have more details in the PolyAlumni newsletter.

Insect Fair

Person holding a tarantula in their hand

Interested in creepie crawlies? The annual Insect Fair showcases thousands of live and preserved insects and other arthropods from around the world at the Bronco Student Center. Vendors sell insect-related wares at the fair, ranging from jewelry that looks like insects or has insect parts in them, to live insects for sale, including millipedes that are easy for children to care for, spiders and scorpions. In addition, display cases, frame boxes and other supplies are for sale for insect collectors.

The fair runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $5 per person, $4 for students and free for kids 2 and under.

For more information, visit https://www.cpp.edu/~farmstore/Insect-Fair.shtml.

Matt's Run

Billy high fiving a runner

Matt’s Run is a campus tradition that celebrates the life of Matthew Myers, a communications student who died in 2005 after a car struck him on campus. After his death, his family decided to sponsor an event that would honor his passion for serving others and inspire future students to do likewise.

The 5K run/walk raises money for student scholarships. The course winds through the university’s scenic landscape, from the residence halls and the animal pastures to the citrus groves and, finally, the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center.

The event is open to the public, and runners and walkers of all ages and skill levels are welcome.

For more information, visit mattsrun.cpp.edu.

Preview Day

Prospective students get the opportunity to visit the Cal Poly Pomona campus on the annual Preview Day and learn about the academic opportunities available to them. Workshops are held on admissions and test requirements, campus housing, financial aid and scholarships and other subjects. Visitors can also participate in campus tours.

For more information, contact the Office of Admissions & Outreach at admissions@cpp.edu or (909) 869-5299.


Pumpkin Patch

Baby on top of a mini pumpkin mountain

Our Pumpkin Patch is known as one of the largest in California. Over 70,000 Cal Poly grown pumpkins fill the 10 acre patch. Best of all every pumpkin, big or small, is only $5 regardless of size! Can’t make the Festival, the Pumpkin Patch is open every day before Halloween starting October 20th.

After the Festival the Pumpkin Patch Continues With No Admission Charge:

October 20th – 30th - Open 10am – 6pm

Pumpkins From the Field are $5 Any Size

Also Free Parking October 19th – 30th! For additional information call (909) 869-2215

Opening Ceremony

Join us 11am Saturday morning October 17th at the gazebo for a special Opening Ceremony to kick-off the ‘Season of Orange’ Celebrating California Agriculture. There will be live music, festival giveaways and an appearance by the official festival mascot.

Ag Discovery Lane

Father and son traveling on a tractor

Keeping with our theme “Celebrating California Agriculture”, we’ve added a major new activity area filled with Free Family-Fun Agriculture related exhibits and displays. Included will be Antique Farm Tractors & Equipment, Animal Displays, Home Gardening Demonstrations and a Kids Farm with squash tunnels and fun interactive play for those 10 and under.

Games / Petting Farm / Horse Rides

Little kid riding a horse guided by 2 people

The Festival began as a way for College of Agriculture Student Clubs to raise funds for their projects. Twenty three years later the clubs are still providing fun game booths and activities including a Petting Farm filled with the cutest animals, Horse Rides and lots more!

Club Game & Food Booths

2 Students maintaining their club booth

Click the link to see what the clubs are planning this year.

Food Vendors

Poly Trolley food truck

The Festival Food Court will be filled with tasty offerings to please anyone. From Tacos and Bar-B-Que to Festival treats Pumpkin Pie & Funnel Cake there’s plenty to fill any appetite. Check the event map for listings of all the goodness!

Corn Maze

Mother and son hidden inside the maze by the huge corn

A mile of twisting, turning trails that will leave you scratching your head searching for the way out. This corn is more than 12 feet high and not for the faint of heart, but don’t worry there’s always a way out. New this year is a fun treasure hunt to find all the markers spread throughout the labyrinth, succeed and you’ll receive a button naming you ‘Master of the Maze’!

The Farm Store / Farmers Market

Since it opened in September 2001, the Farm Store at Kellogg Ranch has provided the university community and the general public with produce freshly grown in Cal Poly Pomona’s fields, greenhouses and hydroponic systems.

The nonprofit grocery store, which is operated by Cal Poly Pomona’s College of Agriculture, also features specialty items, locally grown honey, freshly squeezed orange juice and deli sandwiches.

Gift packs of fruit, cheese, and wine from Cal Poly Pomona’s own Horsehill Vineyards are also available for purchase. Herbs and ornamental plants are for sale in the nursery.

The store is the site of the popular Pumpkin Festival at Cal Poly Pomona every October, and the annual Tractor & Car Show and Strawberry Festival in May.

The Farm Store participates in the farmer’s market at Mariner’s Church, 5001 Newport Coast Drive in Irvine on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information about the Farm Store, visit http://www.cpp.edu/~farmstore/.

Entertainment & Contests

Kid eating a pumpking during a contest

The center for Festival Live Entertainment is the beautiful Gazebo, smack dab in the middle of the huge Pumpkin Patch. There will be live music, fun contests and story-telling all day long with special surprises for the kids.

Pumpkin Festival Contest Update & Schedule!

All Contests will be held each day

12 Noon

'Cutest Little Thing'

Costume Contest 5 Years old and under

'Best Dressed Young’un'

Costume Contest under 6 – 12 Years Old

1 PM

'Spittin’ for Distance'

Pumpkin Seed Spitting Contest – All Ages

2 PM

‘Pie in your Face’ - Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest

Youth Division 10 – 15 Years Old

Senior Division 16 and Older

Sign-ups for Contests will be at the Gazebo in the Pumpkin Patch.

Entries are Limited and it’s First Come First Served.

Come get your Pie On!

Pumpkin Pie Contest Sponsored by Polly’s Pies

Pancake Breakfast

Pancakes with maple dripping on top

Kick off the Pumpkin Festival at our traditional Saturday morning pancake breakfast hosted by United Culinarians club. Breakfast will be served from 8 to 11 a.m. and includes pancakes, sausage, bacon, eggs, juice and coffee. It is $5 for Adults and $4 for children.

Field Trips

Bring your School or other group to a special Pumpkin Patch Field trip offered most weekdays from October 13th – 30th. Your group can choose from the Petting Farm, Large Pumpkin Patch, Corn Maze and the new Kids Patch for those 4 and under. The trips are typically 2 – 3 hours in length and can occur at your pace. Older children enjoy the Large Pumpkin Patch with plenty of room to run and great photo opps while the Kids Patch is perfect for smaller children 4 and under with and enclosed area, fun decorations and activities just for them.

Large Pumpkin Patch - Any size Pumpkin - $5

Kids Patch – Smaller Pumpkin with Activities - $5

Petting Farm – $4

Corn Maze – Per Person including Adults - $2

Package – Pumpkin / Petting Farm / Maze - $10

Reservations required – Contact Brenda Orozco at (909) 869-6722 or pumpkinfestival@cpp.edu.

Festival Ticketing Options - October 17 & 18

button of a tip Buy Your Tickets in Advance

to beat the Ticket Booth Lines!

Pre-Sale at the Cal Poly Farm Store

4102 S. University Drive Pomona, CA 91768

Both Admission, & Activity Tickets and Discounted Family Paks are on Sale in Advance at the Farm Store

Get $1 Off all Admission Tickets with coupon only at the Farm Store

coupon for a dollar off at the farm store

Pre-Sale Online

Buy all of your tickets in advance online through the easy ticketing portal.
Click the button to purchase now!

Ticketing Information

Event Admission Tickets

– Includes Free Access to Ag Discovery Lane

Adult - $4

Child 12 – 3 - $2

Child 2 and Under - FREE

Activity Tickets

- Required for all purchases except The Farm Store and

Commercial Food Vendors. 1 Ticket Equals $1 Available in 1 and 5 Ticket Denominations

Field Pumpkins – All Sizes in Field 5 Tickets

Petting Farm - 4 Tickets

Animal Feed - 1 Ticket

Horse Rides - 5 Tickets

Corn Maze and Challenge - 3 Tickets

Club Games - 1-2 Tickets

Club Water - 1 Ticket

Club Food - Priced Individually

Pancake Breakfast - 5 Tickets

Discount Family Paks

– Listed prices available only when purchased at the Farm Store, On-Line prices higher.

Basic Family Pak - $26.00

($32 Value)


2 Adult Admissions / 2 Child Admissions

2 - $5 Activity Tickets / 10 - $1 Activity Tickets

Deluxe Family Pak - $44.00

($52 Value)


2 Adult Admissions / 2 Child Admissions

4 - $5 Activity Tickets / 20 - $1 Activity Tickets

At The Event

– Ticket Booths Entrances and Throughout the Festival


Media Contacts:

Dan Lee

Communications Specialist

College of Agriculture

(909) 869-4617


Craig Walters

AGRIscapes Director

College of Agriculture

(909) 869-2780

(909) 319-9716 Cell


Club Booths

Foods & Nutrition Forum

Each year at the Pumpkin Festival, we bake our signature pumpkin bread and delicious mini muffins to sell to the public. There are several activities for children, including FN Forum’s very own Pumpkin Toss game.

Foods and Nutrition Forum is a student-run club which provides our members with opportunities to exercise culinary skills, network, socialize, and develop skills that will be useful throughout their careers. Through our meetings we provide students with career options, guest speakers, great food, and information about dietetics and nutrition science.

Cal Poly Pomona Equestrian Drill Team

The Cal Poly Pomona Equestrian Drill Team will be doing Pony Rides! The Equestrian Drill Team has been doing pony rides at the CPP annual Pumpkin and Strawberry Festival for about 8 years. We also do Pony Rides at the monthly Arabian Horse Center Horse Show that occurs the first Sunday of every month October through May. So if you don't get a chance to ride one of our amazing horses this weekend, make sure to come visit us at the Sunday Horse Show! The Pony Rides give children ranging from 1 to 13 years of age the chance to experience riding a real life, full sized horse! All of the proceeds we earn at this fundraiser goes toward taking care of our horses and buying new tack.

floral crowns on a girl
Fashion Society

This year Fashion Society will be selling hand crafted pearl and crystal crowns fit for royalty. The photo is of floral crowns we made last year. Make sure to stop by our booth to decorate your Princesses in opulent crystals, pearls, and flowers. Fashion Society is a place for broncos who are passionate about fashion to meet and participate in fashion related events. We are a huge presence in the Apparel Merchandising and Management Department, and are made up of diverse majors.

Animal Health Science & Technology Association

Each year Animal Health Science & Technology Association hosts a face painting booth at Cal Poly Pomona's annual Pumpkin Festival. We paint designs from our design menu on one or two cheeks as well as full face designs. We use hypoallergenic face paints and can apply glitter at your request. Our booth is popular with the little ones so look for our teal banner!

The Animal Health Science & Technology Association of Cal Poly Pomona is a student club, which strives to bring together students interested in the field of Animal Health Science and to promote the welfare of animals. All of the proceeds we earn at this fundraiser go towards various field trips through out the year in hopes of exposing our club members to various aspects of our field of study in industry.


The Pumpkin Festival is proud to partner with these great organizations and businesses. Please check them out!


23rd Annual Pumpkin Festival

October 17 & 18, 2015

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

E-Mail - pumpkinfestival@cpp.edu

Hotline – (909) 869-2215

Vendors & Exhibitors Contact – Craig Walters chwalters@cpp.edu or (909) 869-2780

Media Contact – Dan Lee dblee@cpp.edu

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