Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture

Pumpkin Festival Launches Oct. 5 & 6

Published Date: Oct 2, 2019 5:15:00 PM

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The Cal Poly Pomona 27th Annual Pumpkin Festival returns with a huge opening weekend Oct. 5 and 6, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Pomona Valley tradition features a pumpkin patch with thousands of pumpkins for $5 each, entertainment and a variety of activities.

There will be hay rides, two corn mazes, the sunflower patch, insect fair, pony rides, the petting farm, animal training demonstrations; cow-milking, soap-making and blacksmithing demonstrations; a beekeeping exhibit; rag doll making; and a rubber duck race.

Festival-goers can also play games at student-run booths or compete in pumpkin pie-eating or seed-spitting contests. A farmers’ market will feature student-grown fruits and vegetables. Live musical performances also will take place during the festival. A fabulous food court features vendors selling a variety of tasty fare.

Children can visit the Children’s Garden, get their faces painted, decorate pumpkins, compete in a costume contest, crawl through squash tunnels or pick small pumpkins at the Kid’s Patch.

“The pumpkin festival is a fun, family event,” says Craig Walters, the festival’s director. “But we also hope that you’ll learn something new about farming, which continues to be a major industry in California that offers science and technology-related careers for our students.”

The two-day festival will be held at Cal Poly Pomona’s AGRIscapes Center, 4102 S. University Drive, Pomona.

Advance tickets can be purchased through the Pumpkin Festival website ( for $4 for adults and $3 for children ages 2 to 12. Cal Poly Pomona students, faculty and staff can buy tickets for $3 with Bronco ID either at the AGRIscapes office (near the Cal Poly Pomona farm Store), ASI Games Room or at the gate on festival weekend.

Tickets purchased at the gate the day of the event are $5 for adults and $4 for children ages 2 to 12. Children under 2 are admitted free. Parking is included with the admission.

For group tickets or to purchase pumpkins in bulk, contact

Oct. 8 – Oct. 31

The pumpkin fun continues Oct. 8 through Halloween (except Mondays). The patch and some of the special activities will be open Tuesdays to Sundays. Check  for details on times and activities each weekend.

Admission to the patch is free during this period, but some activities will have a small fee and free parking will be limited. Most Pumpkins will continue to be $5 with larger ones priced at $6 and gigantic pumpkins priced higher.

Field Trips

Sign-ups for Field Trips are also now being accepted, more information is available at 

All proceeds help support the Huntley College of Agriculture’s farm operations, student clubs, and outreach activities.