Coveted Keepsake: Photos with Grand Champion Gourd

Proceeds Benefit the Cabrillo Education Foundation

How often do you get to see and touch a hard-to-believe, larger-than-life 1-ton pumpkin (2,000 pounds!)—let alone get to have your photo taken alongside something so extraordinary?

Giant Pumpkin Photos

At this year’s Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival, October 19-20, you can do both and be the proud owner of an unforgettable keepsake plus help out a great cause!

Cabrillo Education Foundation

Your awesome one-of-a-kind photo will be snapped and instantly printed for a special take-home keepsake. The cost is $15 per framed 5x7 picture, with discounts for multiple copies or poses. All proceeds benefit the Cabrillo Education Foundation (CEF), a non-profit for the sole benefit of the students attending our local Coastside public schools.

CEF champions success for Coastside public school students.

We focus on critical impact points: Pre-K readiness for school, reading proficiency by the end of fourth grade, college/career readiness skills in science, computer science and organizational development as well as college scholarships.

In the past year CEF efforts, in partnership with the Cabrillo Unified School, increased 3rd to 4th grade reading proficiency from 44% to 49%, science collaboration benefited more than 2000 students, a Science Specialist has been added for 5th graders, the AVID college readiness program expanded to include 6th-12th graders and 61 deserving students received college scholarships across the Coastside.

“CEF’s endowment is both the catalyst for these impacts and provides for their long term sustainability” according to its Executive Director, Keith Cernak.

Help CEF to continue to build its endowment fund and continue to make Big Impacts for student success. Find out more about Cabrillo Education Foundation at:

photos with giant pumpkin

Silicon Valley Community Foundation

This year's photo booth is made possible by the generous support of Silicon Valley Community Foundation. "SVCF believes all students deserve the opportunity to succeed in school and beyond, and we have a long history of supporting programs in Coastside schools" said Erica Wood, chief community impact officer at SVCF. "We are honored to support the work of the Cabrillo Education Foundation as a sponsor of the Giant Pumpkin Photo Booth."

Serving San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, SVCF advances innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems. SVCF engages donors and corporations from Silicon Valley, across the country and around the globe to make our region and world better for all. Learn more at

Half Moon Bay-based Alifano Technologies provides CEF with all the technical support pro-bono.

The giant pumpkin photo booth is located at the corner of Miramontes and Main Streets.

This year’s 49th Annual Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival takes place October 19-20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on historic Main Street. Festival admission is free.


Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival

World Pumpkin Capital Celebrates The Great Gourd
October 19-20, 2019 9am to 5pm
Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA