The Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival is one of the largest fall festivals in the Sacramento region and will attract an estimated 50,000 guests this year. The following information is provided for media who will be covering the 2018 Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival. If you would like to attend the Festival in person (Oct. 6 and 7, 2018), please contact Jenna Brinkman at 916-405-5339 or email Opens a New Window. .
LARGEST JACK-O'-LANTERN WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT
Three world-renowned pumpkin carvers will sculpt a jack-o'-lantern from one of the Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off contenders. The pumpkin is estimated to weigh nearly 2,000 pounds! The carvers will attempt a Guinness World Record for "Largest Jack-o'-Lantern" in front of the crowd!
HOMETOWN PUMPKIN PIE-EATING CONTEST
How quickly can you eat a pumpkin pie? We will put hungry community members to the test in the new Hometown Pumpkin Pie-Eating Contest!
GIANT PUMPKIN WEIGH-OFF
You’ve never seen pumpkins like this before! In 2017, Josiah Brandt of Rudolph, Wisconsin took home the top prize with his 2,095-pound pumpkin. He earned $7 per pound and set a new site record! 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 12th 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. 7. After the race, the pumpkin boats fall from great heights into the water in the crowd-pleasing Giant Pumpkin Drop.
PUMPKIN FLAVORED EVERYTHING
We have the sacred pumpkin spice latte, world famous pumpkin pie, and so much more! Pumpkin-obsessed visitors can get their fix at the Pumpkin Food Court where local non-profit groups, vendors and restaurants will be selling pumpkin deliciousness in many forms.
FUN FOR THE KIDS
There are hours of amusement for young festival goers with free or low-cost interactive activities, including arts and crafts projects, carnival games and rides, petting zoo, pumpkin train ride, and pumpkin story time.
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 carnival games and rides, music and entertainment, pumpkin foods, pumpkin recipe contest, scarecrow-making contest, agricultural area and pumpkin patch, world-renowned pumpkin carvers, 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. 6 and 7, 2018
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. 6 and 7.
Purchase activity tickets and wristbands in advance online or at a CSD registration location.