Thousands expected to attend pumpkin fest

October 15, 2009 1:37:29 PM PDT
Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend this weekend's Art & Pumpkin Festival in Half Moon Bay, event organizers said today.

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The 39th annual festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on Main Street and will feature the winning pumpkin from Monday's competition, a 1,658-pound pumpkin grown in Iowa, spokesman Tim Beeman said.

San Francisco Giants broadcasters Mike Krukow and Duane Kuiper will serve as honorary grand marshals for the Great Pumpkin Parade at noon on Saturday as well, according to Beeman.

Events and contests, including a pancake breakfast, a costume contest, pie-eating contests, a talent show and pumpkin carving are also part of the plan, Beeman said.

Newly paved roadways, additional lanes and re-sequenced stoplights on state Highway 92 in Half Moon Bay are expected to ease traffic congestion for the festival, Beeman said.

The Highway 92 improvement project was completed in August 2008 and, in addition to aiding traffic flow, also provides better access for bicyclists and pedestrians, Beeman said.

The $21.8 million project was paid for by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the city of Half Moon Bay and state and federal sources, according to Beeman.

The improvement project included widening the highway from two lanes to four lanes in the main arteries around Main Street and state Highway 1, and upgrading traffic signals.

In addition, decorative street lighting and landscaped medians were added for aesthetic purposes, Beeman said.

For more information, visit www.miramarevents.com/pumpkinfest.

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