About

26 Years and Thousands of Pumpkins!

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.

For 26 years the festival has grown to 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 40,000 pumpkins for the event.

The festival also features a Corn Maze that is specially grown for the occasion, Pony Rides, and a Petting Farm. 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.

AGRIscapes

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 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 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
  • 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, animal science, nutrition and food science, and plant science.

Students gain a wealth of hands-on experience in the college’s facilities which cover 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 25,000 students, faculty and staff who come from diverse backgrounds.

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

Cal Poly Pomona Petting Farm

Father and daughter pet an animal

Cal Poly Pomona has been running a petting farm at AGRIscapes since 2011. Some of the adorable animals include goats, sheep, rabbits, and a dairy calf.

The Petting Farm is open to the public on most Saturdays from March through mid-November. It is also available for school field trips, private parties, and mobile events.

For more information on the Petting Farm visit: www.cpp.edu/pettingfarm

Vendors

The Cal Poly Pumpkin Festival accepts applications for a limited number of vendors. We expect more than 50,000 visitors to attend the 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.

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.

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.

For a vendor application, please contact Craig Walters at chwalters@cpp.edu

Volunteer

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.