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Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival Draws Large Crowds

Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival Draws Large Crowds

Charleigh Miles enjoys a pony ride at the Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival.
Photography Credit: Tracey Miles

The annual Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival was held at Elk Grove Park this past weekend on October 7th and 8th. As one of the most anticipated and widely attended festivals in Elk Grove, this year drew out a lot of local families, involved some key Pumpkin themed events, and exhibited booths of both familiar and new businesses.

Roxana Cheung plays with pumpkin sensory boats at the Imagine Play booth.
Photography Credit: Jacqueline Cheung , Jax Chronicles

New businesses in attendance included Imagine Play, an indoor children’s play center which is scheduled to open October 22 and New Song School of Music, offering a variety of music lessons to children of all ages.


Sacramento4kids Booth
Photography Credit: Joel Carreon, Sacramento4kids

Sacramento4kids, an online free resource for parents and families in the Sacramento area,  had a free photo booth and gave away recyclable bags.


The new Rize All Arts Center, which offers quality and affordable dance and arts classes, performed several dance demonstrations on Sunday afternoon.


Vegan Cinnamon Rolls of Mrs. Kay’s Sweet Treats
Photography Credit: Mrs. Kay’s Sweet Treats

Familiar Elk Grove businesses such as Mrs. Kay’s Sweet Treats offered their various delectable foods, goods, and services for the masses.

Popular Activities

Evangeline Ho & Roxana Cheung enjoy the petting zoo.
Photography Credit: Jacqueline Cheung, Jax Chronicles

As always the petting zoo, the pony rides, and the various bounce houses appeared to be popular with kids. The festival had several free art projects where children were free to come and create.

Carson Suen, enjoys the Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival
Photgraphy Credit: Darren Suen, Elk Grove City Councilman

There were many photo opportunities for those with little ones and many activities which required tickets to participate.

The Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest held on the Main Stage
Photography Credit: Gary Davis, former Mayor of Elk Grove

Popular Events

Popular events included the Pumpkin Weigh Off with awards for the heaviest pumpkins, the Pumpkin Regatta with individuals racing canoes made out of hallowed out giant pumpkins, and the Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest. Christina Ramirez of the Elk Grove Police Department was the winner of this year’s Pumpkin Pie Eating contest. Last year’s winner was Joey Chestnut who is famous for repeatedly winning the annual 4th of July Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest.

Grace & Eli Davis and their dog Honey pose by a tractor at the Elk Grove Pumpkin Festival Photography Credit: Gary Davis, former Mayor of Elk Grove

A Job Well Done

The Consumnes Community Services District and all the businesses who participated deserve credit for putting together a fabulous and memorable Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival this year. Well done!

Evangeline Ho, Roxana Cheung, Isabelle Ho, and Carissa Cheung enjoy children’s activities at the Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival. Photography Credit: Jacqueline Cheung, Jax Chronicles


About The Author

Dr. Jacqueline "Jax" Cheung

Dr. Jacqueline "Jax" Cheung, DrPH, MBA, is the Editor-In-Chief of Elk Grove Tribune. Jax is also the owner of the awarding winning Jax Chronicles Blog & Adoption Ministry. She enjoys freelancing for Sacramento4Kids and many other publications. She was voted Sacramento Area A-List Best Local Blogger 2014, 2015, 2017 & 2018 and Best of Elk Grove Best Blogger 2016 & 2017. In 2019 and 2022 Jax was recognized for Outstanding Service & Dedication to Elk Grove with Award of Recognition from the California State Senate. Jax lives in Elk Grove with her 2 daughters. To follow Jax's journey please like her Jax Chronicles Facebook, follow her Instagram @jaxchronicles, follow her Twitter @jaxchronicles, or check out Jax Chronicles Blog & Adoption ministry.

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