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.
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.
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.
Saturday and Sunday
Oct. 7 and 8, 2017
10 am – 5 pm
Elk Grove Park, 9950 Elk Grove-Florin Road, Elk Grove
(12 miles south of Sacramento)
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.