The Keene Pumpkin Festival is the number one, must do Halloween activity in northern New England. There’s nothing quite like it.
Keene is a sleepy little college town in southwestern New Hampshire. In 1991 Keene’s downtown merchant association decided to try to boost business by opening their doors to trick-or-treaters on a Friday night. They also donated 400 pumpkins to local youth groups to be carved, then displayed in the town square. In all, there were 600+ pumpkins and a new tradition had been born– the Keene Pumpkin Festival.
The 2012 Keene Pumpkin Festival will take place on October 20th from noon to 8:30pm. Festivities include a children’s costume parade, pumpkin bowling, food and craft courts, a one mile race, a 45-foot ferris wheel, and as always, pumpkin towers.
Every jack-o-lantern donated to the festival will find a place on the square. At the end of the festival the total will be tallied and, fingers crossed, a new record will be set for the most pumpkins in one place. It’s so much fun to locate your pumpkin and to be part of a community effort. While you’re searching for your pumpkin, you’ll be amazed at the other jack-0-lanterns on display. Not only are there the traditional carved faces, but you’ll see intricately carved works of art.
So, put it on your calendar, make the trip, be part of some record making while having a fabulous time.
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