October 17, 2013 |
Nobody celebrates fall like Half Moon Bay, Calif., a.k.a. the World Pumpkin Capital. On Saturday and Sunday it hosts its annual (now in its 43rd year) Art & Pumpkin Festival , featuring a display of Volkswagen-size champion pumpkins, the Great Pumpkin Parade (noon Saturday) with grand marshal J.T. Snow, a San Francisco Giant fan favorite; live music; a Haunted House; a new zip line; 5k and 10k Pumpkin Runs and more than 3,000 tons of pumpkins waiting to be picked from patches around town. You can also get your fill of the orange orb with a number of pumpkin-flavored treats (new this year -- warm pretzels with a pumpkin sauce and pumpkin seeds)
September 25, 2012 |
President Obama has signed a proclamation creating Chimney Rock National Monument in Durango, Colo., a potential boost for tourism in a state seen as critical in the November election . . . . Forklifts will be required to handle the Volkswagen-sized gourds at the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin weigh-off Oct. 8 . It is the kickoff to the town's Art & Pumpkin Festival Oct. 13-14. Info: (650) 726-9563 . . . . Downtown Ventura holds its holiday fair and street lighting Dec. 1. The free events start at the 400 block of Main Street.
October 31, 2013 |
He is the Picasso of pumpkins. For the last seven years, Joseph Yakovetic has chiseled intricate pieces of character art -- Yoda, Goofy, Iron Man, Jack Skellington, Alice in Wonderland -- out of squash in front of audiences at Disneyland's Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree. Wielding clay loop tools and a linoleum cutter, Yakovetic tackles simple likenesses, such as Mickey Mouse, whom he can carve in 15 to 20 minutes, and complex characters, like Davy Jones from “Pirates of the Caribbean,” whose tentacled beard takes several hours.
October 15, 1987
The OH Lantern family, a kind of Garbage Pail Kids of Halloween, makes its debut this year, and excited retailers are gearing up for a rush. "They were the hottest selling thing at the L.A. Gift Show this year. When that happens, you know it's going to be big," said a representative of Jay's Luggage and Gifts in Topanga Plaza, which plans to display the pumpkins as a mall centerpiece on the two weekends before Halloween.
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October 16, 1993 |
Pumpkin mania officially sets in today in Calabasas, with the Pumpkin Patch Parade, a pumpkin recipe cook-off, a pumpkin decorating contest, a pumpkin race and, of course, a prize for the biggest pumpkin. The daylong schedule of activities in Old Calabasas is a precursor to the Calabasas Days Pumpkin Festival next weekend, when devotees of the fabled gourd are expected to converge by the thousands on Paramount Ranch in Agoura. Calabasas takes its name from the Spanish word for squash.
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October 4, 1993 |
"Sixty-five pounds," yelled the man at the scales, and Karen Merrill smiled broadly and excitedly clapped her hands. "I won, I won," the 4-year-old cried, hugging her father, Dan, as the two admired the plump, orange pumpkin on the scales. After spending summer afternoons pulling weeds and watering the pumpkin patch in her grandfather's back yard, Karen Merrill finally got her reward Sunday: first prize in the annual Giant Pumpkin Festival at Blakey Historical Park.