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Half Moon Bay rolling out its 42nd Art & Pumpkin Festival this weekend

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Half Moon Bay rolling out its 42nd Art & Pumpkin Festival this weekend

Farmer Mike carves a masterpiece.

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POSTED October 10, 2012 12:43 a.m.

HALF MOON BAY–– The 42nd Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival is expected to draw hordes of visitors to the “World Pumpkin Capital” for a fun-filled festival on historic Main Street this Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Massive Volkswagen-sized weigh-off champion pumpkins on display, the mesmerizing and remarkably talented “Picasso of pumpkin carvers” sculpting and shaping a monster 1,200+ pound pumpkin into a one-of-a-kind masterpiece, harvest-inspired crafts by America’s top artists plus the debut of “Made on the Coast” –– a new “local artists block”, the richest/creamiest/tastiest pumpkin pie on the planet, three stages of blockbuster entertainment, everyone’s favorite home-spun parade headlined by all-time 49er great Steve Young as Grand Marshal, the Comcast Take 5 Lounge with  NFL and NCAA football and MLB playoffs on the giant screen TV, the debut of Spider Jump’s super fun bungee jump, enchanting events and contests for the whole family, the never-ending search for the Great Pumpkin, and a bumper crop of 3,000 plus tons of the beloved orange orb waiting to be picked from one of the many rustic pumpkin patches around town are among the featured, not-to-be forgotten attractions. \

There’s a smashing lineup of entertainment on three stages featuring some of the Bay Area’s top bands. Performing on the IDES Main Stage are The California Cowboys, Big Cat Tolefree, The Megatones, Brother Buzz, The Daniel Castro Band, Extra Large, Caravanserai, and Jim Stevens & Friends. The Ritz-Carlton Gazebo Stage will feature The Stan Erhart Band, High Mileage, The Robin Campbell Band, and Battlehooch. Street performers include Glitterface, HeartStrings Music, Emerson, Bob “Stickman” Culbertson and Oscar Reynolds. The Family Stage will showcase talented young performers from Radio Disney’s “Next Big Thing” and “Smashing Pumpkins: Battle of the Bands” featuring the musical genius of sensational, up-and-coming rock bands.

Hall of Fame quarterback, Super Bowl MVP and all-time 49er great Steve Young will serve as honorary Grand Marshal of the Great Pumpkin Parade, Saturday, Oct. 13, at noon. Young, a Bay Area resident and current ESPN broadcaster, was named MVP of the NFL in 1992 and 1994, and the MVP of Super Bowl XXIX. He is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It’s the ultimate old-fashioned, home-spun parade featuring the mighty weigh-off champion pumpkin and grower, followed by marching bands, classic cars, fantastic floats, and a charming assortment of costumed ghouls, gargoyles, goblins, ghosts and assorted surprises.

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