The GIANTS are coming to Elk Grove Regional Park on Oct. 6 and 7! If you love everything pumpkin, the Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival is for you!
Weighing in at nearly one ton, you’ve never seen pumpkins like this before! Giant pumpkin growers from all over California and beyond will be vying for the top prize – and perhaps a world record – as each of their enormous orange gourds hit the scale on Saturday morning during the Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off.
There are hours of amusement for young festival goers with free or low-cost interactive activities including carnival games and rides, arts and crafts, an agricultural area, pumpkin patch and many beautiful fall photo ops.
Grab some treats from the Pumpkin Food Court then head over to the lake to cheer on brave paddlers as they race giant pumpkin canoes in the Pumpkin Regatta. New this year, you can watch world-renowned pumpkin carvers sculpt a GIANT jack-o’-lantern right before your eyes!
Children and adults are invited to enter the Festival’s contests for cash prizes, bragging rights and good old-fashioned fun! Junior artists and bakers can show off in the Youth Art Contest and Lil’ Pumpkin Cupcake Contest. Families and all ages can make memories in the Community Pie-Eating Contest or Scarecrow-Making Contest. Some of the contests require pre-registration by September 21. Enter online at www.yourcsd.com/contests.
The Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival is hosted by the Cosumnes Community Services District (CSD) Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with many sponsors. Admission is FREE. Parking inside the park is $10. A portion of festival proceeds benefit local youth and service organizations.