It's the most wonderful time of the year...Fall!
The temperatures are getting cooler, the leaves are changing colors
and pumpkins are popping up EVERYWHERE!
Here in Half Moon Bay and Pillar Point RV Park, it's time again for the
Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival!
October 18–19, 2014 – 9am to 5pm
Main Street, Half Moon Bay, California
Pets are not allowed at the festival.
The best way to go to the festival, of course, is to stay at Pillar Point RV Park. We went to the Pancake Breakfast on Saturday. Turn right onto Cabrillo Highway as you exit Pillar Point RV Park. Travel approximately 3 miles and take a left on Kelly Street. (I believe it is the next stop light past the Hwy 92 turn) Once there, look on the left for marked parking lots. It may cost ten bucks to park there at the church, but it's so close and easy to get in and out of. At this time of the day, (7am or so) you won't really have much trouble with traffic.
Pancake Breakfast (both days, 7 AM), Costume Contest (Saturday, 10 AM), The Great Pumpkin Parade (Saturday, 12 noon), Pie-Eating Contests (Saturday and Sunday, 2 PM), "Smashing Pumpkins: Battle of the Bands" (Saturday and Sunday, 3 PM), Pumpkin Run & Stroll (Sunday, 8 AM), Pumpkin Carving for fun/no judging (Sunday, 10 AM).
Pick your spot early on Saturday for the Pumpkin Parade at noon. The Main Street curb fills up early and people are lined up 10-12 deep.
Artists from all along the coast come to display and sell their work. There is everything from photography, jewelry, handmade fashion, quilts, sculptures and of course, mixed media pumpkins!
There is food at the festival that will please everyone in your family. Healthy and Organic, to burgers, corn dogs, tamales and turkey legs. You can bet most half of the offerings will have pumpkin in the list of their ingredients!
The festival features three stages for entertainment.
Music, performances, pumpkin carving by Farmer Mike, costume contest, pie eating contest and more....
Monday, October 13, 2014
Here is the 2013 winner:
At 1,985 lbs, Gary Miller crushed the formidable field to take home home $11,910 ($6 per pound), a bonus $1,000 for Biggest Pumpkin from California, plus Half Moon Bay's coveted "Mel Mello Sr. Grand Champion Green Jacket."
Organizers this year, are offering $30,000 in prize money for a new world record entered at Half Moon Bay. The current world record pumpkin is 2,032 pounds, grown by Tim Mathison of Napa CA in 2013.
The grand champion pumpkin, along with the top five weigh-off pumpkins, will be displayed at the Pumpkin Festival.
RISE OF THE GIANTS
A special screening of filmmaker Daria Matza's “Rise of the Giants,” a feature length documentary about giant pumpkin growers coming out this fall, will be held on Sunday, October 12 from 5pm to 9pm at Cameron's Inn Outback in Half Moon Bay.
Watch the movie trailer.
This special evening kicks off at 5pm with a BBQ buffet and a meet and greet with legendary growers in town to compete in Half Moon Bay's Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off (which takes place on Monday, October 13).
The movie screening begins at 7 pm and runs for an hour and 15 minutes.
Advance Tickets are $25 $10 for kids under 12.
Tickets at the door are $35 ($15 for kids age 12 and under).
This is an outdoor event so dress appropriately.
Cameron's Inn is located at
1410 Cabrillo Highway South,
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019.
For information, call 650-726-9652