Despite pumpkin shortage, Aloun Farms expects big crowds for annual fall festival


Pumpkins may not be in abundance this year because of all the recent storms, but some farmers called in reinforcements, like Aloun Farms, which opened its annual Pumpkin Festival Saturday.

Despite the shortage, organizers told KHON2 they expect some big crowds in the festival’s 15th year.

Families from around the island got a taste of fall on the festival’s opening day, but one particular family who recently relocated from New England says it’s a taste of home

“It’s awesome, it’s nice and warm we’re out here in t-shirts and board shorts so you really can’t beat it,” said new Ewa Beach resident Matt Wilson.

This year’s weather did affect the island’s pumpkin crops, causing local growers to have to look to the continent for reinforcements.

“We have friends that are growers particularly in Mantica, California, in the past every four or five years when we get hit with a storm, so we give them a call,” said Pumpkin Festival general manager Alec Sou. “They’ve been very supportive so we brought a good several hundred bins to support.”

With beautiful weather Saturday families were able to enjoy tractor rides and even the new “Pumpkin Mountain.”

Pupmkin Festival organizers are expecting crowds of about 6,000 to 8,000 people a day for the next three weekends.

Admission on its opening day was free for members of the military, but from here on out, it will be $3.00 per person and free for children under 2.

The festival will run from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 31.

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