celebrating california agriculture


A History of the Pumpkin Festival

Child carrying a pumpkin

The Pumpkin Festival is a two-day event held every October at the AGRIscapes Agricultural Outreach Center 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 Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture grows 70,000 pumpkins for the event.

The festival also features a corn maze that is specially grown for the occasion, Pony 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.

Since 2015 the Festival has celebrated California agriculture with "Ag Discovery Lane," a large area with free exhibits, displays and demonstration from agriculture related organizations. This year one of the highlights will be Cow Milking Demonstrations.

The popular Insect Fair returns to the Pumpkin Festival with 500,000 live and preserved insects from around the world. An additional entrance fee applies.


Aerial view of agriculture

AGRIscapes was created in 2001 as an Educational Outreach branch of the Don B. Huntley 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 Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture

Horses running across a field

The Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture is the founding college at Cal Poly Pomona and the only State University agricultural program.

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.

Danny’s Farm

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

Price per person: $4

October Public Petting Farm Hours

7th-8th - 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
14th-15th - 10:00 am-4:00 pm
19th-20th - 10:00 am-4:00 pm
26th-27th - 10:00 am-4:00 pm


The Cal Poly Pumpkin Festival is accepting applications for a limited number of vendors. We expect more than 50,000 visitors to attend this year’s 2 Day Festival making it one of the largest in California!

Food Vendors:

We accept applications from licensed food vendors with unique offerings to be placed in our food court and other locations around the grounds.

Food Vendors Application Form

Food Applications Must Be Received By September 15th

Artisan Vendors:

Limited space is available for those offering hand-crafted artisan items. Preference is given to products that have a Country or Fall theme.

Non-Food Vendors Application Form

Artisan Applications Must Be Received By September 24th

Ag Discovery Lane Exhibitors:

Ag Discovery Lane is a great place to offer your Agricultural, Garden or Farm & Country themed products. Demonstrations and children’s activities are encouraged.

AG Discovery Lane Application

Exhibitor Applications Must Be Received By September 29th


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 pumpkinfestival@cpp.edu or (909) 869-6722.

2017 Sponsors

With attendance growing each year, sponsorship opportunities are being offered at the Pumpkin Festival. 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.

Download the Sponsorship Flier


Festival Admission Tickets – October 7th and 8th Only
Other days Free Admission

Father wheelbarrowing his daughter

Avoid the Lines and Get Your Tickets Presale!

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 and Free Parking for the Festival is included, making this an even better Family Fun Value!


Adults - $4

Children 2 – 12 Years Old - $3

Under 2 Years Old - Free

Family Pack - 2 Adult & 2 Child Tickets ($14 Value) - $12

Advance purchase discounts available.

Group Ticket Discounts are available for 10 or more persons, call (909) 869-6722 for ticketing details.

Directions & Driving Map


What's Moo?

There are several fun New things to enjoy at this year’s 25th Anniversary Festival.

We’ve added a Hay Wagon Ride for $3 in the back field by the Corn Maze. Take a fun Tractor-Pulled Wagon Ride around the Maze and Pumpkin Field with a College of Ag tour guide to answer your questions. Keep an eye out for our local wildlife, rabbits and squirels, and learn about the new Apiary class at Cal Poly.

The Kid’s Pumpkin Patch and Farm Kids Activity Area were so popular last year that we’ve expanded them with more Old-Time games and activities. We’ve also added a mini Kids Corn Maze, perfect for the little ones!

We’ve also created a Food Court out near the Gazebo Entertainment Area with lots of picnic tables so you can enjoy the live music and exciting Contests.

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 huge 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 except Mondays before Halloween starting October 10th.

After the Festival the PumpkinFest Continues
With No Admission Charge: October 10th – 31st


Closed Mondays

Tuesdays - Wednesdays 12pm to 6pm
Thursdays - Fridays 12pm to 8pm
Saturdays - Sundays 10am to 8pm

Pumpkins From the Field are $5 Any Size.

Also limited Free Parking October 10th – 31st!

Opening Ceremony

Join us 11am Saturday morning October 7th at the gazebo for a special Opening Ceremony to kick-off the ‘Season of Orange’ Celebrating California Agriculture. There will be live music provided by the Cal Poly Pep Band, 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 / Pony Rides

Little kid riding a horse guided by 2 people

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

Pony Rides - $5

Petting Farm - $4

Hay Wagon Ride - $3

Student Clubs & Food Booths

2 Students maintaining their club booth

Click the link to see what the clubs did in 2015.

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 crazy web 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. Enjoy the fun treasure hunt and find all the markers spread throughout the labyrinth, succeed and you’ll receive a button naming you ‘Maze Magician’!

Price per person: $3

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.

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 Schedule

All Contests will be held at the Gazebo both Saturday and Sunday October 8th & 9th, unless otherwise indicated.

12 Noon

'Cutest Little Thing'

Saturday, Oct. 8th- Cutest Little Thing (Costume Contest 5 Years old and under)
Sunday, Oct. 9th- Cutest Little Thing (Costume Contest 5 Years old and under)
Saturday, Oct. 8th- Best Dressed Young’un (Costume Contest under 6 – 12 Years Old)
Sunday, Oct. 9th- Best Dressed Young’un (Costume Contest under 6 – 12 Years Old)

1 PM

'Spittin’ for Distance'

Pumpkin Seed Spitting Contest – All Ages

2:30 PM

‘Pie in your Face’ - Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest

Saturday, Oct. 8th- Youth Division 10 – 15 Years Old
Sunday, Oct. 9th- Youth Division 10 – 15 Years Old
Saturday, Oct. 8th- Senior Division 16 and Older
Sunday, Oct. 9th- 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.

Insect Fair

Pancakes with maple dripping on top

The Popular Insect Fair will be part of the Pumpkin Festival this year in the AGRIscapes Visitor Center. Enjoy thousands of creepy & crawly and unusual insects and bugs from around the world. A separate admission fee is required.

For More Information - https://www.cpp.edu/~farmstore/Insect-Fair.shtml

Fall is quickly approaching and the Pumpkins are growing rapidly, waiting for someone to give them a home! Our Pumpkin Patch Field Trips will be more exciting and fun than ever this year with several enhancements including the expanded Farm Kids Activity Area featuring a fun squash tunnel, hay pyramid, games and other activities . Also new this year is the Tractor-Pulled Hay Ride, a fun farm tour traveling through one of our pumpkin growing fields and corn maze.

Field Trips can also include the huge Pumpkin Patch, Kid’s Patch, Danny's Farm Petting Farm and the popular Corn Maze. Another featured activity is our Crazy Corn Maze with hidden surprises and a fun game to play.

Please read the information below carefully as it will explain what we offer, our prices, and answer some of the questions that you might have.


Large Pumpkin Patch - $6 per Child

Includes a Pumpkin from the Patch any size and Farm Kids Ag Activity Area

Little Kids Patch - $5 per Child

Includes a Smaller Size Pumpkin from the expanded Kids Patch and Farm Kids Ag Activity Area, Perfect for Younger Children

Petting Farm - $4 per Person - (Schools - Teacher and 1 Aide per Class No Charge)

Lots of friendly farm animals, also includes Children’s Hay Maze and Other Activities

Corn Maze - $2 per Person

A Challenging Maze with a Fun Game to Play (Allow Approx. 30 Minutes)

NEW Hay Wagon Ride: $3

A fun Tractor-Pulled Tour of the back Farm including one of our Pumpkin Growing Fields

NOTE – Groups wanting to participate in all 4 activities should allow a minimum of 2 hours


Big Three Package #1: $11 Includes Large Pumpkin Patch, Petting Farm and choice of Corn Maze or Hay Wagon Ride

Big Three Package #2: $10 Includes Little Kids Patch, Petting Farm and choice of Corn Maze or Hay Wagon Ride

All Four Package #1: $13 Includes Large Pumpkin Patch, Petting Farm, Corn Maze and Hay Wagon Ride

All Four Package #2: $12 Includes Little Kids Patch, Petting Farm, Corn Maze and Hay Wagon Ride

Picnic Area and Tables – Available on a First-Come Basis

Food & Beverages may be Pre-Ordered by Contacting the Farm Store at (909) 869-4906


Please use our on-line reservation system to book your field trip.

Step 1 - View trip availability with our Online Calendar Below

Step 2 - Select the Reservation Form Button

Step 3 - Get ready to have Fun!

We will confirm your visit within a few days, please e-mail or call with questions.

Field Trip Reservations are now closed as we are full.

E-Mail: pumpkinfestival@cpp.edu

Phone: (909) 869-6722

Petting Farm Questions - Lerae Sandelin lasandelin@cpp.edu

Pumpkin Festival / Vendor Questions: Craig Walters - chwalters@cpp.edu



Lots! 2017 is the 25th year for the Cal Poly Pumpkin Patch and field trips will be more entertaining and fun than ever. The Pumpkin Patch covers almost 5 acres with more than you can count. Field Trips include a visit to either the huge Patch where you can select your perfect Pumpkin of any size - if you can carry it, you got it! Popular with the younger kids is the Kid’s Patch with creative decorations and smaller Pumpkins. Everyone can also enjoy the expanded Farm Kids Ag Activity Area with a Squash Tunnel, Hay Pyramid, Games and other activities.

The Petting Farm is a great opportunity to interact with and learn about farm animals and includes additional activities. The Corn Maze features twisting paths designed to confuse, but rest assured - there is a way out! New this year is the Tractor-Pulled Hay Wagon Farm Tour in our back farm area. We also have picnic areas with tables available for your use on a first come basis.


A typical Pumpkin Patch Field Trip takes between 1 1/2 to 2 hours depending on the activities you choose and if you will take a snack or lunch break. Picnic tables are provided on a first-come basis. We request that you Arrive 15 minutes Before your start time to allow for check-in.


Buses and cars will be provided with Free parking, directions and information will be provided in advance. Look for signs upon entering AGRIscapes on South Campus Drive.


Yes, all field trip participants including adults must fill out and return the Liability Waiver form that will be provided. Unfortunately we will not be able to allow those without the completed forms to participate. These may also be downloaded from the Field Trips page of our website - www.pumpkinfestival.cpp.edu


Payment can be made with Cash, Check (Payable to the Cal Poly Pomona Foundation) or Credit Card. Check or Credit Card refunds are not possible.


Absolutely! Very often parents and others accompanying field trips will purchase additional pumpkins from the field.


October is PumpkinFest at Cal Poly Pomona. We kick things off with our Family Fun Pumpkin Festival - October 7th & 8th where the entire 20 acre AGRIscapes Center is filed with Music, Animals, Great Food, Contests, Exhibits, the Corn Maze and lots of Pumpkins! The Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze will continue until October 31st with the Petting Farm available on weekends. A Small Admission fee is charged only on Festival Weekend but parking is Free, group discount tickets are available. For more information visit www.pumpkinfestival.cpp.edu


The Cal Poly Pomona Pumpkin Patch at the AGRIscapes Agriculture Outreach Center, located at the corner of Temple Avenue and S. Campus Drive in Pomona

Address - 4102 S. University Dr. Pomona, CA 91768

E-Mail: pumpkinfestival@cpp.edu

Website: http://pumpkinfestival.cpp.edu

Petting Farm Questions - Lerae Sandelin lasandelin@cpp.edu

Pumpkin Festival / Vendor Questions: Craig Walters - (909) 869-2780 chwalters@cpp.edu

Reservations Required – Sign-Up On-Line Beginning August 1st.

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

Pony 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

Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture

(909) 869-4617


Craig Walters

AGRIscapes Director

Don B. Huntley 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.

Prices For Club Booths Vary Based on Activity


2017 Sponsors

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


25th Annual Pumpkin Festival

October 7th & 8th, 2017

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

E-Mail - pumpkinfestival@cpp.edu

Vendors & Exhibitors Contact – Craig Walters chwalters@cpp.edu

Volunteer & Field Trip Info - pumpkinfestival@cpp.edu

Media Contact – Dan Lee dblee@cpp.edu

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