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50 Thousand Pumpkins

Roving reporter Sean Telles and autumn enthusiast, Lorianne

By Sean Telles


By Sean Telles

Pomona, Ca –Each year agricultural college, Cal Poly Pomona migrates the 50,000 pumpkins students grow to one spot to create one of the most spectacular fall views in the San Gabriel Valley. This year’s festival will take place October 20 and 21 from 8am to 5pm.

The Cal Poly Pomona Pumpkin Festival, now in its 20th year, is one of the most popular family friendly Halloween events in Los Angeles. Beyond pumpkins being sold at $5 each, or 5 for $20 during the festival, activities include games, student club booths, a corn maze, a petting zoo, horse rides, entertainment, and pancake breakfast from 8am-11am. There is also a separate, but thrilling insect fair featuring nearly 500,000 live and preserved insectsMake sure to bring a camera to capture those adorable moments, and if you are planning on buying a lot of large orange vegetables, save your back (and pride) and bring a wheelbarrow. Come early as crowds tend to grow quickly. No dogs allowed; sorry snoopy.

The insect fair, also happening that weekend on campus, is a great, cost effective way to introduce or admire insects. With over 25 vendors, events included live insects, insect education, insect jewelry, insect candy, and the not to be missed madagascar hissing cockroach races. Lead by entomology professor Dr. Richard Kaae, profits from the fair are used to take students abroad to study and enjoy these creatures in their natural habitat, such as New Zealand and Thailand.

The Pumpkin Festival is free to attend and parking is also free. The pancake breakfast is $5 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. The insect fair is $6 for adults and $4 for students and children 3-12. There is a free shuttle to the insect fair from the Pumpkin Festival parking lot.

Group tours/field trips of the pumpkin patch are available before and after the festival for schools, scout troupes, afterschool programs, daycares, and other interested parties. For more information, please contact Brenda Orosco at 909-869-6722.

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