Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival

Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival

October, weekend after Columbus Day
This festival, highlighted by a Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off, has been held since 1971 in Half Moon Bay, Calif. The weigh-off winner gets $5 per pound for the heaviest pumpkin; winning pumpkins have weighed in excess of 900 pounds. Other festival features are a Great Pumpkin Parade, arts and crafts, food concessions selling pumpkin bread, pumpkin crepes, pumpkin ice cream, and pumpkin strudel, and entertainment that includes live music, puppet shows, magicians, jugglers, clowns, and professional pumpkin carvers. There are competitions in pumpkin carving and pie eating.
Pumpkins have been grown in the Half Moon Bay area for decades but were used for cattle feed until the 1920s when two farmer brothers decided to try them as human food. That began a surge in pumpkin popularity. The pumpkin festival has also surged; attendance is estimated at 300,000.
CONTACTS:
Miramar Events
P.O. Box 27
El Granada, CA 94018
650-726-3491; fax: 650-726-5181
www.miramarevents.com
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