A Statement from the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival

Cameron Palmer, Chairman of the Half Moon Bay Beautification Committee and Pumpkin Festival, issued the following statement today regarding yesterday’s tragic events at the Gilroy Garlic Festival:  
 
"First of all, our hearts, our strength and our prayers go out to the close-knit Gilroy community, the families and friends of loved ones that have been lost and all those that have been affected by yesterday's senseless tragedy at the Garlic Festival.
 
"At times like this, we recognize the general public is understandably shaken and saddened. We all are. Events are meant to be an oasis of happiness and positivity, inspiring and bringing diverse people and communities together in a shared moment of joyousness. As caretakers of the long-running Pumpkin Festival, an important fund-raiser for our non-profit sector, we are determined to do everything possible to hold onto this sense of goodwill and community.” 
 
“In light of this and other recent tragic occurences, the Pumpkin Festival Board of Directors and Committee would like to make it clear that the festival has always had a robust and comprehensive public safety infrastructure in place, working closely with the San Mateo County Sheriffs Department, CalFire and the City of Half Moon Bay to ensure the highest level of safety possible for festival attendees.” 
 
"The Pumpkin Festival Committee, law enforcement and city officials regularly address and review its public safety plan and will be meeting in the coming days to discuss additional measures that may need to be put in place this year in light of the Gilroy tragedy and other recent events."
 
Media contacts should be made through the Beautification Committee media relations office at 650-726-3491.