Families flood into Pomona pumpkin patch

Veronica Orozco
Metro Editor

Thousands of people equipped with cameras and wagons flocked the Farm Store at Kellogg Ranch Saturday and Sunday for the annual Cal Poly Pomona Pumpkin Festival.

Driving up to the event, the patch was hard to miss with hundreds of pumpkins scattered around an empty field with sunflowers bordering the entry gates. The sea of orange was freckled with little red wagons brought by the attendees in order to pull their pumpkin load.

“We came here for the pumpkin patch but he liked the petting zoo the most,” said Carlos Rittner, Los Angeles resident accompanied by his wife and son.

Parents made sure to bring their children in their cutest outfit or costume for the perfect pumpkin patch photo opportunity often piling up pumpkins to surround their little ones.

“He really likes to watch the ponies pass by,” said Irene Plasencia, Montebello resident attending with her son for his first pumpkin patch.

With attractions like a petting zoo, horse rides, a corn maze and a pumpkin patch, there is no wonder why so many people came to enjoy the day.

“We have been to the festival before but this year it is a lot nice and a lot more crowded,” Jeff Miller, Roland Heights resident said. “My favorite part was getting the kids lost in the corn maze.”

A constant flow of newcomers persisted at the front gates of the festival and attendees had to either walk through the pumpkin patch or through the vendors market to get to the back of the festival.

Vendors ranged from selling decorated horseshoes and face painting to games like pumpkin golf and ring toss. Another line of vendors bordered the way to the food stands selling fruits and vegetables grown on the ranch.

“Its nice that they are showing where the vegetables come from and how they are grown,” said Rittner.

Further into the festival was a cluster of food stands selling anything from caramel apples and pumpkin pie to the more traditional kettle corn and funnel cakes and an area with picnic tables was available for people to sit and eat or just rest.

Trees and bushes that were decorated with white squashes made to look like ghosts surrounded the small picnic area and hay bails bordered the gate along the petting zoo for those who wanted to relax with a nice view.

All pumpkins from the patch were about the same size and priced at a $5 each, but for those who had their eyes set on something bigger, they could buy them at a separate stand.

Admission and parking for the festival and pumpkin patch was free for all with small fees for the corn maze, petting zoo and horse rides.

“It’s really nice what they are doing here and it’s a great event for people to come and enjoy with their whole family,” said Rittner.

Veronica Orozco can be reached at veronica.orozco@laverne.edu.

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