Attractions

hay wagon ride, activity zone, squash tunnel

What's Moo?

There are several fun New things to enjoy at this year’s 26th Annual Pumpkin Festival.

The popular Hay Wagon Ride is back for $3 out 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 Pomona.

The Kid’s Pumpkin Patch and Farm Kids Activity Zone 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 with pumpkins

Our Pumpkin Patch is known as one of the largest in California. Over 40,000 Cal Poly grown pumpkins fill the huge patch. Best of all every pumpkin, big or small, is ONLY $5!

After the Festival, PumpkinFest Continues
With No Admission Charge into the Pumkin Patch: October 9th – 31st (Fees apply for other activities)

Hours:

Closed Mondays

Tuesdays - Wednesdays 12pm to 6pm (Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze only)
Thursdays - Fridays 12pm to 8pm (Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze only)
Saturdays - Sundays 10am to 8pm ( Pumpkin Patch, Corn Maze, Petting Farm, and Hay Rides)

Also limited Free Parking October 9th – 31st!

For the safety of all animals, dogs are not permitted on the premises (with the exception of service dogs).

Click here to Purchase Pumpkins in Bulk!

Pumpkin Festival Opening Ceremonies

hay wagon ride, activity zone, squash tunnel

Join us 11am Saturday morning October 6th at the gazebo to kick-off the ‘Season of Orange’ Celebrating California Agriculture. There will be live music provided by the Cal Poly Pomona Pep Band, greetings from Cal Poly Pomona President Soraya Coley as well as local officials, and an appearance by the official festival mascots.

Ag Discovery Lane

sampling honey in Ag Discovery Lane

Keeping with our theme “Celebrating California Agriculture”, Ag Discovery Lane is a Family-Fun area included with the price of admission. Agriculture related exhibits and displays include: 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

child riding a horse

The Festival began as a way for Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture Student Clubs to raise funds for their projects. Decades 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!

Insect Fair

a boy holds a tarantula at the Insect Fair

The Popular Insect Fair will be part of the Pumpkin Festival again this year in the AGRIscapes Visitor Center. Come see thousands of live and preserved California and exotic insects from around the world. A separate admission fee is required.

For more information visit: www.cpp.edu/insectfair

Student Club Booths

Little girl showing off her face painting

Tasty and healthy treats, face painting, fun games, and cute things to wear are just some of the things for sale by our clubs. Your purchases support our future Ag Leaders.

Food Vendors

Food vendors

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.

Corn Maze

Little girl finds her way through the corn maze

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

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.
Check back for contest schedule and registration.

Pumpkin Festival Contest Schedule

All Contests will be held at the Gazebo both Saturday and Sunday, unless otherwise indicated.

12 Noon: 'Cutest Little Thing'

Saturday, Oct. 6th- Cutest Little Thing (Costume Contest 5 Years old and under)
Sunday, Oct. 7th- Cutest Little Thing (Costume Contest 5 Years old and under)
Saturday, Oct. 6th- Best Dressed Young’un (Costume Contest under 6 – 12 Years Old)
Sunday, Oct. 7th- 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. 6th- Youth Division 10 – 15 Years Old
Sunday, Oct. 7th- Youth Division 10 – 15 Years Old
Saturday, Oct. 6th- Senior Division 16 and Older
Sunday, Oct. 7th- 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.

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 www.cppfarmstore.com.