Keene Pumpkin Fest a Smashing Success

Pumpkin Festival Keene NH 2013
2013 Pumpkin Festival Keene New Hampshire
Joel Shprentz Photo

The “highlight” of our trip to Vermont last weekend was the Pumpkin Festival in Keene, New Hampshire.

The community was competing to win the Guinness World Record for the largest collection of simultaneously lit Jack-o-Lanterns.

2013 Pumpkin Festival Keene New Hampshire
Joel Shprentz Photo

Thousands of people hauled their carved pumpkins to the town square.

At nightfall, the jack-o-lanterns were all aglow– over 30,000 of them, displayed on stands for blocks and blocks on Main Street.

What a spirited showing for this small town!

Lots of kids at the family-friendly event were in costume, and the cosplayers were out in full force.

Joel Shprentz Photo

The official count was 30,581 pumpkins, which topped the previous world record set by Boston in 2006.

There were many elaborate carvings, but the artwork was scarified at the the end of the evening, when volunteers cleared out the pumpkin displays.

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