CPP pumpkin fest is back

Cal Poly Pomona’s annual Pumpkin Fest returns this Saturday, October 1 and will run until Sunday, October 30.

A 29-year tradition, this year’s event features about 30,000 university-grown pumpkins, live entertainment, hayrides, corn mazes, a petting farm, the moo moo cow train, the children’s garden, a sunflower patch and a colorful new pumpkinland.

Tickets are available online only at cpp.edu/~pumpkinfestival. Food and craft vendors will still accept cash as well as credit cards and Apple Pay.

Weekend tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for children ages 3 to 12, seniors and CPP students. Weekday admission is $6 for adults, $5 for children ages 3 to 12, and $4 for seniors and those with a Bronco ID. Group deals are also available online.

Visitors can wander through the familiar large or kid zone pumpkin patches to find the perfect squash, which range from $5 to $8. The nearby Cal Poly Farm Store will also offer ghost pumpkins, warty gourds, corn stalks and more.

The pumpkin patch, located in Cal Poly Pomona’s AGRIscapes Center, 4102 S. University Drive, Pomona, is open weekends from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and on Thursdays and Fridays from 3 to 7:30 p.m.

School districts and community groups interested in signing up for a field trip to the farm can reserve a spot or learn more at cpp.edu/~pumpkinfestival/field-trips.html.

Proceeds generated support the Cal Poly Pomona Huntley College of Agriculture’s farm operations, student clubs, and outreach activities.

“We also hope that you’ll learn something new about farming, which continues to be a major California industry that offers science and technology-related careers for our students,” said festival director Craig Walters.

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