Media Kit

The Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival is one of the largest fall festivals in the Sacramento region and will attract an estimated 45,000 guests this year. The following information is provided for media who will be covering the 2017 Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival. If you would like to attend the Festival in person (Oct. 7 and 8, 2017), please contact Jenna Brinkman at 916-405-5339 or email.

Lumberjack Show

WHAT'S NEW IN 2017

  • PUMPKIN FLAVORED EVERYTHING
    We have the sacred PSL, world famous pumpkin pie, and so much more! Pumpkin-obsessed visitors can get their fix at the new Pumpkin Food Court where local non-profit groups, vendors and restaurants will be selling pumpkin deliciousness in many forms.
  • JUNIOR BAKERS WIN SOME DOUGH
    New this year, the Lil’ Pumpkin Cupcake Contest is open to bakers age 12 and under. The contest will be held at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 8 in the Pumpkin Kitchen. First place will win a $75 gift certificate to the Baker's Catalogue at kingarthurflour.com and second place will win a $50 gift certificate.
  • FISHING CLINICS FOR REEL EXPERTS AND BEGINNERS
    To follow this year's nature-inspired theme - "Giant Pumpkins in the Great Outdoors" - the California Department of Fish and Wildlife will host two free fishing clinics on Saturday, Oct. 7 so visitors can spend an hour casting on the pond before exploring the rest of the Festival!
  • LUMBERJACK SHOWS
    Channel your flannel and cheer on professional lumberjacks as they compete in different events! See everything from racing chainsaws, water events, and cross cut saws to audience participation and chainsaw carving giveaways. The fast-paced, family friendly shows will run throughout the weekend.
Giant Pumpkin Regatta

FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

  • GIANT PUMPKIN WEIGH-OFF
    Weighing in at nearly one ton, you’ve never seen pumpkins like this before! Russ Pugh of Santa Rosa, Calif. took home the top prize at last year’s festival with his 1,944.5-pound pumpkin. A large crowd cheers from the stands on Saturday morning as the enormous orange gourds are moved with a forklift to a special scale.
  • GIANT PUMPKIN REGATTA
    For the 11th year at the Festival, canoes will be carved out of giant pumpkins and raced across the lake in the Giant Pumpkin Regatta. Visitors will gather around the lake to cheer on the brave paddlers starting at noon on Sunday, Oct. 8. After the race, the pumpkin boats fall from great heights into the water in the crowd-pleasing Giant Pumpkin Drop.
  • COOKING DEMONSTRATIONS AND RECIPE CONTEST
    Set up camp in the Pumpkin Kitchen to watch cooking demonstrations by local chefs throughout the weekend. Adult can enter their own sweet or savory pumpkin-flavored treat into the Best Pumpkin Recipe Contest to try and win a cash prize.
  • WORLD PUMPKIN PIE-EATING CHAMPIONSHIP
    The Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival World Pumpkin Pie-Eating Championship returns to Major League Eating’s 2017 slate of sanctioned eating championships. This year marks the fourth anniversary of the eternal battle between man and woman and pumpkin pie. No. 1 ranked eater in the world, Joey Chestnut, claimed last year’s title by consuming 19 pounds and 6 ounces of pie in eight minutes. The battle begins Sunday, Oct. 7 at 1:30 p.m. on the Strauss Island stage.
  • ART IN THE PARK
    The festival is guaranteed to delight nature lovers and art lovers alike! Visitors (age 17+) can sign up for a two-hour painting class under the heritage oak trees. Children can get their hands dirty in the camping-themed art area or meander through the Art Walk which will feature a youth art competition for ages 3 to 17.
  • FUN FOR THE KIDS
    Young festival goers will be happy campers as they play with interactive wilderness activities, arts and crafts projects, hay maze, petting zoo, pumpkin train ride, and pumpkin story time. The Kids Zone will feature carnival games and rides. Child-friendly entertainment, including wild animal shows and musical acts, will fill the Pumpkin Pavilion stage all day Sunday, Oct. 8.
Giant Pumpkin Staging Area

THE WEIGH-OFF

Since 1994, giant pumpkin farmers from all over California and beyond have loaded their enormous pumpkins and squash into trucks and trailers and headed to Elk Grove's Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off. The growers hope for the top prize of $7 per pound - and perhaps a world record - as their pumpkins hit the scale. Russ Pugh of Santa Rosa, Calif. grew the heaviest pumpkin in California in the 2016 season and set an Elk Grove record with his 1,944.5-pound giant.

Media Interview with Joey Chestnut

MEDIA FACT SHEET

WHAT:
What began in 1994 as a small harvest celebration is now Elk Grove’s largest family festival and the official California weigh-off site for a national Giant Pumpkin contest. The festival has something for everyone with attractions like the World Pumpkin Pie-Eating Championship, pumpkin recipe contest, scarecrow-making contest, agricultural area and pumpkin patch, carnival games and rides, live entertainment, pumpkin foods, and a race across the lake between giant pumpkin boats! The Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival is hosted by the Cosumnes Community Services District (CSD) Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with many sponsors.

WHEN:
Saturday and Sunday
Oct. 7 and 8, 2017
10 am – 5 pm

WHERE:
Elk Grove Regional Park, 9950 Elk Grove-Florin Road, Elk Grove
(12 miles south of Sacramento)

ADMISSION:
Admission is FREE and parking inside the park costs $10. Children’s activities range from free to $12. Single tickets ($1 each) and wristbands for unlimited inflatables ($8 each) will be sold at the Festival's ticket booths starting at 10 am on Oct. 7 and 8.

Purchase activity tickets and wristbands in advance online or at a CSD registration location.

WEBSITE:
www.yourcsd.com

MEDIA CONTACT:
Jenna Brinkman
jennabrinkman@csdparks.com