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Pumpkinfest- Will Keene, NH break the record again?

Click Here for the Entertainment Schedule for this Year's Pumpkinfest!

Keene started this event 18 years ago. Several cities across the country have joined in on the challenge, and we were actually beat by Boston, with 30K+ jack-ol-anterns decorated and lit during their annual pumpkinfestival.

This is a great event, and really unites our community. There is a children's tent with free activities, games, and prizes. At noontime there is a children's costume parade. The event in it's entirety lasts from 10am on Saturday October 25th to 9pm, ending with fireworks.

Fall foliage here in southwestern New Hampshire peaked two weeks ago and more than half of the leaves have already fallen. No matter what it looks like outside, you can't beat an evening out on a crisp, cold fall evening with well over 20K happy or frightful jack-o-lanterns looking at you, all carved by local children, families and adults hoping to add to the wonderful display of jacks on this very special day.

My four year old daughter will once again be dressed as Cinderella and our 9 month little boy will be a puppy dog riding in my backpack carrier.

The fact that they close down Main St. to traffic for this very event, an event which draws tens of thousands of people each year- is huge! I'm not from here originally, but have been here since 94. It's the place I call home.

Comment balloon 2 commentsStephanie Jacques • October 23 2008 07:01PM


What was the count? It didn't seem like there were as many pumpkins as previous years. A lot of them weren't lit even at 8:00! I wasn't crazy about the new A frame ground displays... It seemed like a good turn out even though the weather was threatening all day and the rain really came in for the fire works. Any thoughts?

Posted by Jeffpas almost 12 years ago

There was just short of 23K jacks this year. The event didn't begin with rain, but it ended in a downpour that left 5 inches of water in a bucket outside our house. Needless to day, the day has become an annual tradition, rain or no rain. Cold or warm, sunny or cloudy, ...we go. This year was different, however. We had not just one kid with us, but we now have two. Baby in tow, our four year old begging to jump on the castle bounce where the line to pay $3 for a 2 minute bounce was 25 minutes long....NGM had a great tent for kids, free arts and crafts and games with prizes for all kids. They do this annually and not enough people know about it, since it's off the beaten Main St. path.

Overall, a great day. Fireworks weren't a wash, they actually held the fireworks a bit earlier, I think.

I'll be posting photos tomorrow (Mon.) on under the Keene, NH section.


Posted by Stephanie Jacques, Stephanie Jacques Kleine (Better Homes and Gardens The Masiello Group) almost 12 years ago

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