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is a place of unrivaled beauty, nestled between the noble Santa Cruz Mountains and the powerful Pacific Ocean. Because of its geographic isolation, Half Moon Bay and the surrounding Coastside have not changed dramatically over the years. It is truly an area time is a place of unrivaled beauty, nestled between the noble Santa Cruz forgot – with vast expanses of colorful agriculture land, protected open spaces, unspoiled beaches and vistas and the quaint, friendly ambiance of Main Street.

Mountains and the powerful Pacific Ocean. Because of its geographic isolation, Half Moon Bay and the surrounding Half Moon Bay Winery was established to honor the picturesque reputation of Half Moon Bay. Coastside have not changed dramatically over the years. It is truly an area time forgot – with vast expanses of colorful The winery’s varieties — all handcrafted from North Coast grapes — recognize different aspects of the town and the coast. agriculture land, protected open spaces, unspoiled beaches and vistas and the quaint, friendly ambiance of Main Street. The Cotchett Family, Proprietor Half Moon Bay Winery • Half Moon Bay, California established to honor the picturesque reputation

Half Moon Bay Winery was of Half Moon Bay. The winery’s varieties — all handcrafted from North Coast grapes — recognize different aspects of the town and the coast.

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Pumpkin Avenue, Dave McCurdy 20x30, Oil on canvas, 2012

From the artist: Moss Beach artist Doug McCurdy has a wonderful affection for our Coastside. His realistic approach in oil painting is enhanced by his eye for vibrant colors and composition. This work, titled “Pumpkin Avenue,” shows a scene at Arata’s Pumpkin Farm. It joins his remarkable series of “Icons of the Coastside” which is exhibited at the Coastside Art Gallery at 330 Main St., Half Moon Bay. McCurdy is noted for his community volunteer work as set designer for the HMB High School musicals and Coastside Young Actor’s Workshop plays.

Publisher Bill Murray Editor Clay Lambert Writers Sara Hayden, Mark Noack, Stacy Trevenon, Saman Ghani Khan COPY EDITOR Julie Gerth Photographer Charles Russo design Bill Murray, Mark Restani Business Office Barbara Anderson Circulation Sonia Myers Advertising Sales Linda Pettengill, Louise Strutner, Susan Verlander, Barbara Dinnsen Find us 714 Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay, CA, 94019, (650) 726-4424, HALF MOON BAY is published the first week of every month and inserted in the Half Moon Bay Review. The entire contents of the magazine are also available online at ©2012, Half Moon Bay Review


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Zoo animals allowed entry at pumpkin run


unning has never been a big passion for me. I’ll go in spurts when I’ll run a few times a week and occasionally even every day. But, unless I’m being chased, it’s always been hard for me to find the motivation. I’ve always preferred exercise that can be hidden under the guise of having fun. The three exceptions are: running with my co-workers (we have an oft-skipped running staff ‘meeting’ on Thursdays), running with my wife (although she is way more dedicated to it), and running in the annual Pumpkin Run. ¶ I’ve only participated in the event a handful of times but I’ve always enjoyed it. Two memorable experiences stand out. One of the first times I ran it was with my family. My kids were tiny at the time, and we thought it would be fun to dress in costumes. We went as zoo animals, with my 2-year-old son dressed as the zookeeper. My daughter was a bear, I was a parrot, and my wife — who drew the short straw — was an elephant. On her head was an elephant hat complete with a stuffed trunk that hung in front of her. That is, when it wasn’t whapping her in the face with every stride. Ten kilometers she ran with that thing on. Whap. Whap. Whap. I was happy to push the double jog-stroller next to her in my plummage. ¶ A few years later, I did the race with my wife and father-in-law, El Granadan Dave Buckland. A relaxing 5K, I thought. We’ll all run together and it should be pretty mellow. He is a very dedicated runner, but he is also 30 years my senior. Had I forgotten that he once placed second in the San Jose Marathon? My burning lungs reminded me as he waited for me at the finish line. ¶ On October 14, I plan once again to be in the Pumpkin Run lineup, this time running with my 13-year old daughter. Should be pretty mellow. She’s nearly 30 years my junior. She is also in her third year of cross-country at Cunha. ¶ I believe I’ve been duped again. Go to for more info on the this year’s Pumpkin Run on October 14. — Bill Murray, Publisher O C T O B E R

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Halloween at the mall.Tthe 41st annual Half Moon Bay Artichoke Cross-Country Invitational. Get a handle on ballot issues. Page 5 Pumpkin festival

Pumpkins define a town and a season Straight from the offical Pumpkin Festival organizers. Take a look at some of the highlights of this year’s event and start planning your weekend. Page 7

Made on the coast New this year is a special section of the festival dedicated to local artists. Read about who is going to be there. Page 18

the biggest pumpkin on the coastside

A 7,000 pound pumpkin is scheduled to debut at the parade. Page 24

Pumpkins by the numbers

Facts and figures about the gorgeous gourds. Page 29

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October 13/14 As autumn draws near, the Coastside takes on rich autumnal colors like the bright orange of pumpkins, which will be celebrated at the 42nd annual Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct.13, and Sunday, Oct. 14. Entertainment, good food, a lively parade and the scenic downtown atmosphere await. See details in this magazine.

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October 1-31 Harbor Village celebrates Halloween with a pumpkin patch open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and family activities like a jump house, contests for pumpkin-carving, pie-eating and costumes, pony rides, live music and a rock wall to climb. Ten percent of sales goes to a charity buyers choose. 726-2284. October 5 The Half Moon Bay High School Parent Advisory Council presents its fifth annual Western Fundraiser Night, from 6 to 10 p.m., Friday, at Long Branch Saloon, 321 Verde Road, Half Moon Bay. To benefit academics and enrichment at the high school, the event includes a barbecue dinner with a Gold Rush cocktail, casino fun, music, an auction and a chance to sell your old gold to benefit the school.

Heart of the runner

October 6 Half Moon Bay High School provides the course for the 41st annual Half Moon Bay Artichoke Cross-Country Invitational. Last year, nearly 2,000 Bay Area and Northern California athletes ran the 2.33-mile course. The morning session, featuring Half Moon Bay, begins at 9 a.m.; the afternoon session, at 1 p.m. 712-7200.

October 8 The big week for pumpkins in Half Moon Bay gets launched with the Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off. It begins at 7 a.m. on Monday at the I.D.E.S. Hall, 735 Main St. Cash prizes include a special $5,000 bonus for the gourd that breaks the world record of 1,1818.5 pounds. 726-9652. October 12 The Half Moon Bay volleyball team plays its first alumni match at 7 p.m. Anyone who played volleyball at Half Moon Bay is welcome to participate. Jim Modena, the current frosh-soph coach, will coach the alumni team. Free. 712-7200.

Get a handle on ballot issues

October 29 The Half Moon Bay branch of the American Association of University Women and the League of Women Voters co-present a meeting to examine California state ballot issues, from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, at the Community United Methodist Church, 777 Miramontes St., in Half Moon Bay. It’s free and open to the public. www.


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Pumpkins define a town and a season O ctober defines the San Mateo County Coastside, and not only because of the Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival. Visitors are sometimes surprised at the weather this time of year. September and October are typically full of sun-filled days. As fall takes its inexorable turn toward winter, there are no guarantees. Today’s sunshine turns to tomorrow’s blustery rainstorm in a heartbeat. The kids are back in school and visitor traffic rolls back like one of the local waves.

And then there are all those pumpkins. Overnight, the verdant fields around Half Moon Bay glow orange with the things. They attract a new wave of tourists — most of them simply our neighbors from over the hill — bent on a fun family outing. Of course, you can get a pumpkin at the grocery chain, but there is something about pulling a little red wagon through an honest-to-goodness farm to pick out just the right one. Kids don’t get quite so excited in the produce aisle, do they? Carving a jack-o’-lantern may be one of the last family activities that doesn’t require rechargeable batteries. Consider the Pumpkin Festival the crescendo of the month and Halloween a mere curtain call. There is nothing quite like the Pumpkin Festival, not around here any way. On the surface, it looks much like the street fairs over the hill. But it’s undeniably bigger, better. It’s a fundraiser for so many local nonprofits, from youth sports teams to organizations for seniors. Few towns are so closely identified with a single festival. It’s easy to be jaded about this time of year. There is a dollop of commercial interest at play, and commuters on Highway 92 are forgiven if they sometimes lose their holiday spirit. But look beyond that, to the community’s connection with an event that sets it apart. It’s October. It’s Half Moon Bay’s time. — Clay Lambert

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Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival  event

The world pumpkin capital is bursting out in orange


utumn is a stunningly spectacular season on the picturesque coast, around the “World Pumpkin Capital” Half Moon Bay. The dazzling journey is its own reward — magnificent vistas of seaside farm country dotted with vast, rolling fields of orange, scarecrows, barns, and pick-your-own pumpkin patches. It’s the perfect time of year and the perfect place to celebrate the beauty and bounty of the fall season, and Half Moon Bay does it like nobody else. The world-famous Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival is the season’s big event, drawing hordes of visitors to the World Pumpkin Capital for a funfilled festival on historic Main Street. This year’s 42nd annual festival will be held on October 13-14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

mind-boggling gourds Massive, mind-boggling, Volkswagen-sized, weigh-off champion pumpkins on display, the mesmerizing and remarkably talented “Picasso of pumpkin carvers” sculpting and shaping a monster 1,200-plus-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 homespun parade, the Comcast Take 5 Lounge with giant-screen TV, the debut of Spider Jump’s super-fun bungee jump, enchanting events and contests for the whole family, the neverending search for the Great Pumpkin, and a bumper crop of over 3,000 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. It’s the real thing — the authentic “autumn classic”.


THE GREAT PUMPKIN PARADE STARRING ALL-TIME 49ER GREAT STEVE YOUNG AS GRAND MARSHAL 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. “Steve Young has always been a heroic figure to Bay Area spots fans and is among the greatest players in the 49ers starstudded history,” said Cameron Palmer, chairman of the festival committee. “We’re delighted and thrilled he has accepted our invitation to serve as parade Grand Marshal this year.” 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, homespun 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. Saturday, at noon, on Main Street.


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HALF MOON BAY TO UNVEIL ITS OWN GREAT PUMPKIN This year’s Great Pumpkin Parade will also feature the biggest, heaviest pumpkin the town has ever seen. Emerging artist Peter Hazel, whose family has ties to the very first Pumpkin Festival, is the creator of this massive mosaic sculpture that measures 7 feet high, 12 feet wide, and weighs 6,000 pounds. But, unlike other giant pumpkins, this one is made of steel, cement, and ceramic tile. “I thought it would be the perfect fit for Half Moon Bay to have the world’s biggest mosaic pumpkin,” said Cameron Palmer, Pumpkin Festival chairman, who hatched the idea with Hazel and commissioned the piece. “Castroville has the Giant Artichoke … New York City has the Big Apple … Half Moon Bay should have the Great Pumpkin!”



“MADE ON THE COAST,” LOCAL ARTISTS BLOCK DEBUTS This year’s festival will feature the work of 18 local artists on Sunday, Oct. 14. Called Made on the Coast, this one-day pop-up show will feature Coastside artists who will be offering demonstrations and selling their handcrafted wares on Main Street, between Kelly Avenue and Mill Street. Made on the Coast is composed of local volunteer artists who have spent many hours this summer putting the “Locals Lane” in motion, working in concert with the Half Moon Bay Beautification Committee to make it a reality. Modeled on the Kings Mountain Art Fair “Locals Lane,” this project is 100 percent local –– everyone on the locals committee and all booth artists must be true Coastside residents to participate.

FINE ART, HARVEST-INSPIRED CRAFTS Buyers and browsers will find thousands of handcrafted items in well-stocked booths covering several city blocks. Meet 250 of America’s top artists and craftmakers –– offering great variety and price points to satisfy every budget –– on hand with their latest creations. Featuring original work in sculpture, paintings, photography, glass, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, leather, wood, metal and mixed media, the festival is considered among the top art shows in the country. Hand-blown glass pumpkins, beautiful vases, flatware, clocks, dishes, wall and table decorations, paperweights, stained and beveled glass, etchings, sculptures, photography, oil and watercolor paintings, beadwork, gold and silver jewelry, vests, handbags, hats, wallets, footwear, windchimes, and waterfalls will be among the thousands of one-of-a-kind items available. “We have longtime festival favorites returning as well as many talented, new artists this year,” said Kris Mason of the Pumpkin Festival Committee. “Every item you’ll see is handcrafted from beginning to end –– it’s the perfect opportunity to meet the artists that conceive and do the work.” S E P T E M B E R

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“Ahoy, matey! There be PIRATES haunting Half Moon Bay during Pumpkin Festival weekend in the Johnston Haunted Barn, aye! Not alive. Not dead.” The Haunted Johnston Barn features live (undead) actors from the Coastside Young Actors Workshop alongside audio-animatronic figures, projected and transparent ghosts, intense lighting, sound, and fog effects, and unexpectedly dropping and shwooping objects caused by unseen forces. The real treat is the young actors themselves, students from grade school through high school trained in the art of improvisation, staying in character, and playing for an audience. The theme of each room is based on a script, but the performers are able to interact and play with the visitors’ reactions, making each tour a unique experience. Every year, creative members of the Coastside Young Actors Workshop wow visitors with their theatrical skills, fabulous costumes and spooky special effects. The barn is located behind the Historic Jail at 505 Johnston Street. Admission is $7 per person or $25 for a Family 4-pack. Children 3 and under are free.


This year, Farmer Mike, the “Picasso of Pumpkin Carvers” celebrates his 27th year as the Pumpkin Festival’s official carving expert. On his Pumpkin Festival stage, Farmer Mike has created whimsical faces, movie characters like MEGAMIND, a Wells Fargo stage coach, Puff the Magic Dragon, and even enshrined Pigeon Point Light House into the shell of a pumpkin. The Atlantic Giant pumpkins he carves range in size from 100 pounds to more than 1,000 pounds each. Most of the detail work is done using a folding Buck knife and a variety of simple chisels. He typically carves two pumpkins a day during the festival and can be found at the Coastside Water District lot at 766 Main Street, about the midpoint of the festival grounds.

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COSTUME CONTEST Hundreds of ghosts, goblins, ghouls and more model their ingeniously creative Halloween attire in the Costume Contest, a popular time-honored festival tradition before walking in the big parade. The costume contest is open to all ages with individual and group divisions. Saturday, 10 a.m. in the Half Moon Bay Library parking lot, at Church and Correas Streets.


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BATTLE OF THE BANDS Firmly established as a beloved and signature festival attraction, “Smashing Pumpkins: Battle of the Bands” returns for an encore performance under the direction of impresario Ken Kelly. “Smashing Pumpkins is all about giving exciting, new rock-and-roll talent from around the Bay Area a chance to do what all bands love to do: perform in front of a live audience,” says Kelly.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST To launch your day with a good carbo-load, the high school varsity basketball team will fire up the griddle to host the traditional Pancake Breakfast complete with mouthwatering plain or pumpkin pancakes, gobs of butter and maple syrup, grilled sausage links, fresh orange juice, and plenty of Peet’s coffee. Cost is $10. Saturday and Sunday morning from 7 to 11 a.m. in Mac Dutra Park, Main Street at Kelly Avenue.

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How often do you get to see and touch a staggeringly massive, hard-to-believe, larger-than-life, 1,700-plus-pound pumpkin, let alone get to have your photo taken alongside something so unusual? Thanks to the festival’s partnership with Silicon Valley Community Foundation, photos with the grand champion gourd will be available for $15. Using state-of-the-art digital cameras and printers, your photo will be snapped and quickly printed onto a cardstock frame for a special take-home keepsake. Photo sales benefit the Cabrillo Education Foundation. The photo booth is at the corner of Main and Miramontes streets.


Up and down the street, festivalgoers will be captivated by an array of amazing attractions. See the spectacular display of the top five pumpkins from the weigh-off. Catch smassive air on Spider Jump’s super fun bungee jump. Test your mountaineering skills on Mobile Rock’s climbing wall. Concoct your very own colorful wax hands. Have some fun with creative facial enhancements at the high school art department’s face-painting booth. Visit Kiddieland for amusement rides hosted by Coastside Children’s Programs.


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Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Monday, October 8 7 a.m. Safeway World Championship Pumpkin WeighOff, IDES Grounds, 735 Main Street Saturday, October 13 7 a.m. Pancake Breakfast, Mac Dutra Park, Main St. @ Kelly Ave. 9 a.m. Festival Opens 10 a.m. Costume Contest, HMB Library Parking Lot, 620 Correas St. 12 noon Great Pumpkin Parade Featuring 49er Great Steve Young as Grand Marshal 2 p.m. Pie Eating Contest (age 11 and under), Bank of America lot 2:15 p.m. Pie Eating Contest (age 12 and over), Bank of America lot 5 p.m. Festival Closes Sunday, October 14 7 a.m. Pancake Breakfast, Mac Dutra Park, Main St. @ Kelly Ave. 8 a.m. Pumpkin Run/Walk on Coastside Trail. Kids Fun Run, 5K & 10K Run, 5K Walk Starts At Hatch School (Kelly Ave. @ Hwy. 1). Run Info-line: 650-712-7322. 9 a.m. Festival Opens 10 a.m. Pumpkin Carving For Fun (not a contest), Bank of America lot 2 p.m. Pie Eating Contest (age 11 and under), Bank of America lot 2:15 p.m. Pie Eating Contest (age 12 and over), Bank of America lot 5 p.m. Festival Closes Admission is Free No Pets Please Info-Line: 650-726-9652 Website: Facebook: HalfMoonBayPumpkinFestival Twitter:

ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE Main Stage, I.D.E.S. Grounds Saturday, October 13 9:30 a.m. Jim Stevens & Friends 11 a.m. California Cowboys 1:30 p.m. Big Cat Tolefree 3:30 p.m. The Megatones Main Stage, I.D.E.S. Grounds Sunday, OctOBER 14 9 a.m. Jim Stevens & Friends 10 a.m. Brother Buzz 11:45 a.m. The Daniel Castro Band 1:30 p.m. Extra Large 3:30 p.m. Caravanserai Ritz-Carlton South Stage at The Gazebo Saturday, OctOBER 13 9:30 a.m. - The Stan Erhart Band 12:15 p.m. 12:30 p.m. - High Mileage 5 p.m. Ritz-Carlton South Stage at The Gazebo Sunday, OctOBER 14 9:30 a.m. - The Robin Campbell Band 12:15 p.m. 12:30 p.m. - Battlehooch 5 p.m. Street Performers/Various Locations Oscar Reynolds (Mill/Main) HeartStrings Music (Kelly/Main) Emerson (Kelly/Main) Glitterface (Miramontes/Main) Bob Culbertson (Correas/Main)

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PUMPKIN CARVING Non-competitive Pumpkin Carving will be available on Sunday in the Family Fun Zone at Bank of America, 620 Main Street. It is not a contest, there’s no judging or awards … it’s simply for fun. Pumpkins and carving knives are provided. Create your very own masterpiece anytime between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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PIE-EATING CONTESTS Get up close and personal for this hilarious test of unbridled powereating. Huge, gasping audiences gather to witness this stunning spectacle with each participant devouring and “wearing” a 9” pumpkin pie heaped high with whipped cream. Aside from power-eating, panache and style go a long way with audience judges. “To me, the pie eating contest embodies the essence of Pumpkin Festival,” said Wilbur Collins, the spiritual and emotional leader of the contest organizing team for many years. “It encourages participation, it’s loads of fun, and it’s open to everyone. Seeing kids with face and hair full of gooey pumpkin pie, whipped cream and a big smile, it’s a truly sight to behold.” On both Saturday and Sunday, age 11 and under at 2 p.m, age 12 and over at 2:15 p.m. in the Family Fun Zone in the Bank of America parking lot, 620 Main Street.

PUMPKIN RUN/WALK The Pumpkin Run will be held on Sunday starting at 8 a.m at Hatch School (on Kelly Avenue, just west of Highway 1). The run follows the picturesque Coastside Trail and features a 5 & 10k Run, 5k Walk and Kids Fun Run to benefit Senior Coastsiders. Info-line: 650-712-7322.

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omething about the hilly and seaside coast inspires creativity in its residents, fostering a community of artists and artisans who are copious in their output. They’ll be recognized at Pumpkin Festival this year. “Made on the Coast” is a special, one-day, pop-up show featuring Coastside artists from the geographic area nestled between Montara, Pescadero and Skyline Boulevard. Eighteen local artists, some showing solo and others teaming up, will represent a wide variety of artistic mediums. Arranged in 16 booths set up in pods of four, they’ll be on Main Street between Kelly Avenue and Mill Street from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14. Made on the Coast originated with Kris Mason, the Half Moon Bay Beautification Committee board secretary, who was troubled by emails that voiced concern that local artisans weren’t allowed to show and sell work in the festival. “That is not true,” said Mason. “We always have.” In the springtime, Mason met with Coastside artist Margaret Lindsay to discuss what Coastsiders wanted in the festival and put together a proposal for the Beautification Committee. They realized that while the northern portion of Main Street is kept open for the Great Pumpkin Parade on the

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Local artists featured on Sunday of Pumpkin Festival festival Saturday, it is open and available on Sunday. So the women joined forces with a committee of local artists and arts supporters to develop ways to spotlight the artists Lindsay had gathered together. Inspired by the annual Kings Mountain Art Fair and its Mountain Folk Art section, this committee came up with the name “Made on the Coast” and shepherded it through its development, the Beautification Committee process and jurying the art. “This is to promote Coastside art,” said Mason. “We’re lucky to be doing it this year.” Lindsay agreed. “It was fairly extraordinary that all that happened in less than four weeks,” she said.

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s a boy, Peter Hazel sold caramel apples at the first Pumpkin Festival. Back then, it was just “a small, local gathering” in his hometown. “We had no idea what the Pumpkin Festival would turn into.” Forty-two years later and now 54, the Truckee resident is emerging as an artist and sculptor ready to unveil a defining festival legacy. As Saturday’s parade winds along Main Street, crowds will ogle a flatbed trailer hauling Hazel’s 7-by-12-foot, roughly 7,000-pound pumpkin of concrete and rebar, covered mosaic-style with bright orange tiles and a green stem and leaves. If you don’t get a good look as it passes, don’t worry: Members of the Half Moon Bay Beautification Committee are pondering a permanent spot from which the sculpture will proclaim Half Moon Bay’s agricultural heritage all year. “If you come here in September and October, spectacle

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you see how Half Moon Bay is the pumpkin capital of the world because you see pumpkins all over,” said Hazel laconically. “But in the other 10 months, we need to know we’re the pumpkin capital.” Art and pumpkins were in Hazel’s blood from his dad, oil painter Richard Hazel, who helped launch the festival. Young Peter graduated from Half Moon Bay High School in 1976 and moved to King’s Beach, Calif., to raise a family and start a tile and granite company. He forgot artistic pursuits. But when both the kids and the economy were gone, there was time to revisit his interest in sculpture. He began with a mosaic birdbath for friends. Encouraged by their appreciation, he created a huge brook trout using thrift store ceramics. It found a home outside a Lake Tahoe restaurant and Hazel’s reputation as an artist soared. He followed that up with a concrete sign in North Star and another large fish, gilded with ceramics from plates Hazel shattered for that purpose. “I just did the projects to get my name out there,” he said. “It was fun to get the right curvature and finding the right colors.” On a visit to Half Moon Bay Hazel chatted with Cameron Palmer, restaurateur and Pumpkin Festival committee chair. They hit on the idea of the ceramic pumpkin. “I thought it would be the perfect fit for Half Moon Bay,” said Palmer. “Castroville has the Giant Artichoke. New York City has the Big Apple. Half Moon Bay should have the Great Pumpkin.” In the summertime Palmer commissioned Hazel to create the pumpkin. He began with a pumpkin shape in rebar, coated with layers of reinforced concrete. That left him with 200 to 300 square feet of surface concrete to cover, but orange tiles weren’t easy to find. So the resourceful Hazel bought a kiln and fired an estimated 1,500 six-inch orange tiles. The sculpture had its own character. “I don’t want it to be fancy or cute,” he said. “I’m going for the beefy, burly, giant pumpkin look.” Hazel will arrive in Half Moon Bay by Oct. 13 so the Great Pumpkin can debut in the Pumpkin Festival parade, rolling down Main Street on a flatbed trailer. Beautification Committee members are debating permanent sites for it. “The sculpture will do more than fade into the landscape,” said Hazel. “It adds a lot of color.” “Year-round it will let people know that we are proud of our agricultural heritage,” said Palmer. The sculpture started with a mesh frame which is then covered in concrete and then finally covered with 300 square feet of handmade tiles. O C T O B E R

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