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, 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.

This year the popular Insect Fair will return 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

11th-12th - 10:00 am-4:00 pm
13th - 10:00 am-2:00 pm
14th - 10:00 am-4:00 pm
18th-23rd - 10:00 am-4:00 pm
25th-29th - 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

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

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

Please contact the Event Chairman for more information.

Applications must be received by September 28th.

For Additional Information Contact:

Craig Walters – Event Chairman



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 Karlia Villalobos at kjvillalobos@cpp.edu or (909) 869-6722.

2016 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 - October 8th & 9th Only

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

Additional Child Tickets can be purchased with the Family Pack for only $2 each.

Tickets are Now On-Sale either Online or at the AGRIscapes Office beginning August 24th from 10am to 5pm.

Advance purchase discounts available.

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

Parking & Shuttles

Pumpkin Festival Weekend:

Once again Parking is Free and there are improvements to make your experience at the Festival more enjoyable. The new Parking Structure #2 is now open directly across the street from AGRIscapes which adds almost 2,000 New Spaces within walking distance. In addition, shuttle service will again be provided for visitors parking in Lot F and Parking Structure #1 located off of Kellogg Drive. There is limited availability for carts and wagons on the shuttle busses, please use Parking Structure #2 and Lot B if you are bringing these items. Look for directional signs as you arrive at the event.

Pumpkin Patch Parking October 11th – 30th:

Limited Free parking will be available off of South Campus Drive at AGRIscapes in a special event lot for visitors to the Pumpkin Patch from October 11th – 30th, look for directional signs. Be advised that parking in any permanent University Parking Lot requires a a parking permit, please observe informational signs to avoid a citation.

Directions & Driving Map

Download the Directions Flier

Don B. Huntley 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.


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 before Halloween starting October 11th.

After the Festival the Pumpkin Patch Continues
With No Admission Charge: October 11th – 30th


Sunday - Wednesday 10am to 6pm
Thursday - Saturday 10am to 8pm

Pumpkins From the Field are $5 Any Size.
Special Pick-Your-Own Pumpkin Field Priced by Size

Also limited Free Parking October 11th – 30th! For additional information call (909) 869-2215

Pumpkin Patch Presented By:

Opening Ceremony

Join us 11am Saturday morning October 8th 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, Kellogg Arabian Horses, 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 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, Horse Rides and lots more!

Price per person: $5

October Public Petting Farm Hours

11th-12th - 10:00 am-4:00 pm
13th - 10:00 am-2:00 pm
14th - 10:00 am-4:00 pm
18th-23rd - 10:00 am-4:00 pm
25th-29th - 10:00 am-4:00 pm

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 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’!

Price per person: $3

Sponsored By:

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 Don B. Huntley 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 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 Schedule

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

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

1:30 PM

'Pumpkin Decorating Contest'

Located in Ag Discovery Lane, this is an opportunity for children and young adults to decorate a pumpkin and compete for prizes! – 2 categories ages 8-12 and 13-17.
Sign up to decorate your pumpkin between 9am - 1pm each day.

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

Pancake breakfast Saturday only.

Pancakes will be served with Pumpkin cCream Cheese Frosting.
Pricing: Adults $5 / Children $3.
Coffee and juice sold separately.
Saturday 8am-11am.

Presented By the United Culinarians Student Club

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

Field Trip Reservations are now closed. The Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze are still available Sunday – Wednesday 10am – 6pm and Thursday – Saturday 10am – 8pm, the Petting Farm is available on a limited basis. Thank you for your interest.

Fall is quickly approaching and the Pumpkins are growing rapidly in the Field, waiting for someone to give them a home! Our Pumpkin Patch Field Trips will be more exciting and educational than ever this year with several enhancements including the expanded Farm Kids AG Education Area featuring fun squash tunnels, a hay pyramid, Farm Activities and an opportunity to learn about our Pumpkin Traditions and the many varieties of 'Cucurbits' (Family name for Pumpkins).

Groups visits can include the hugely popular Danny's Farm Petting Farm with a variety of friendly farm animals to interact with. Those visiting the Petting Farm can also enjoy our Kids Hay Maze and other activities. Another featured activity is our Enormous Corn Maze with hidden surprises and a fun game to play.

Please read the information below carefully as it will explain what we can offer you, our prices, and answer some of the questions that you might have. Please check the frequently asked questions at the bottom of this page


NEW Packages:

Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze - $7

Little Kids Patch & Corn Maze - $6

Pumpkin Patch - $6 per Child

Includes a Pumpkin from the Patch any size

Farm Kids AG Education Area

Little Kids Patch - $5 per Child

Includes a Smaller Size Pumpkin from the Kids Patch, Perfect for Younger Children

Farm Kids AG Education Area

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

Includes Children’s Hay Maze and Other Activities

Corn Maze - $2 per Person - (Schools - Teacher and 1 Aide per Class No Charge)

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

All Three Package - With Large Pumpkin Patch $11

All Three Package - With Little Kids Patch $10

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

E-Mail: pumpkinfestival@cpp.edu

Petting Farm Questions - Lerae Sandelin lasandelin@cpp.edu

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

Download the Field Trip Flier



Lots! 2016 is the 24th year for the Cal Poly Pumpkin Patch and field trips will be more entertaining and educational than ever. The Pumpkin Patch includes almost 5 acres with more Pumpkins than you can count. Field Trips include a Pumpkin of any size - if you can carry it, you got it! We have expanded the popular Farm Kids Ag Education Area with larger Squash Tunnels, a Hay Pyramid, Interactive Activities and a self-guided tour through a special Pioneers Patch showing the history of Pumpkins in America and the many varieties of this versatile vegetable which belongs to the Cucurbit family. The Petting Farm is a great opportunity to interact with and learn about farm animals and includes additional activities. The Corn Maze features a mile of twisting paths designed to confuse and confound, but be assured - there is a way out! Many visitors enjoy a visit to the Cal Poly Farm Store featuring fresh campus-grown fruits and vegetables and we also have a grassy picnic area with tables available 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.


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 - http://pumpkinfestival.cpp.edu


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


Aboulutely!. Very often parents and others accompanying field trips will purchase additional pumpkins from the field. The price is $5 for any size.


October is Pumpkin Month at Cal Poly Pomona. We kick things off with our Family Fun Pumpkin Festival - October 8th & 9th where the entire 20 acre AGRIscapes Center is filled with Music, Animals, Great Food, Contests, Exhibits, the Corn Maze and lots of Pumpkins! The Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze will continue until October 30th with the Petting Farm available of weekends. An Small Admission fee is charged on Festival Weekend but parking is Free, group discount tickets are available. For more information visit http://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

Additional Questions and Further Information:

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

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

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

2016 Sponsors

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


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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