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A weekend away in Half Moon Bay: The 2009 pumpkin festival


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If you’re a fan of all things pumpkin, then check out the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival happening October 17 and 18 in Half Moon Bay, California, a delightful seaside town along Hwy 1 between San Francisco and Santa Cruz.

The festival is opened from 9am – 5pm both Saturday and Sunday, but a pumpkin pancake breakfast kicks off festivities 7a.m. at MacDutra Park brought to you by the local high school basketball team. The World Pumpkin Capital not only celebrates the huge gourd with pumpkin pie and pumpkin carvings, but with live music and entertainment, Half Moon Bay Brewing Company’s Mavericks Pumpkin Harvest Ale, and a “bone-chilling Hunted House.”

The agriculturally rich town is known for their abundance of pumpkins, but other local harvests of artichokes, Brussels sprouts and seafood. These local crops will be highlighted by the locals’ legendary recipes. Other pumpkin-infused delicious treats await your taste buds with pumpkin-caramel apples, pumpkin dipping, pumpkin cheesecake just among the few. If you’re more of a meat-lover, grills will be sizzling with sausages, hot dogs and chicken. Of course, as are in California Wine Country, the wine selection will be local with Half Moon Bay Winery’s limited-release Sangiovese.

If you’re stuffed from all that food stop by the Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weight-off to see the hefty gourds weight-in.  Don’t miss Farmer Mike as he tackles a mega gourd for this year’s unique carving, and of course, a Pumpkin Festival would not be complete without a Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest. To help get in the "spirit of the season”, a costume contest (Saturday, 10 a.m.), a Great Pumpkin Parade (Saturday, 12 noon) and a non-competitive pumpkin carving (Sunday 10 am-1pm) are family-friendly events. Of course, if you’re looking for the perfect pumpkin for your home plenty of beautiful pick-your-own-pumpkin patches are spread out along Hwy 92 and 1.

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Half Mon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival