Over the weekend of October 16 Woody Underwood and Ashley Watt attended the Keene, New Hampshipe Annual Pumpkin Festival. They reported having a great time observing and photographing the tens of thousands of pumpkins.
From the Keene Sentinal we read... The 19th annual Keene Pumpkin Festival eclipsed the city’s six-year-old jack-o’-lantern record, cramming 29,068 into the city’s downtown. That number was still short of the world record set by Boston.
Some 70,000 people crowded into Elm City, more than tripling its population Saturday, from places as far away as
the Czech Republic, England and Scotland, according to volunteers with Center Stage, the festival’s nonprofit organizer.
Last year, when the rainy weather kept many people home, there were just 22,568 carved, lit pumpkins at the festival.
The previous record, set in 2003, marked the city’s eighth world record — the first was set in 1992 during the second festival, which amassed 1,628 jack-o’-lanterns.
But in 2006, Beantown, which has a population of more than 600,000, took on Keene and won, with 30,128 gourds.
“I really felt that we still have the record,” said Bob Parent of Keene, who, along with his wife, Pat, has
attended every festival since its inception, when it was called the Harvest Festival. “Boston just has so many people. It’s pretty impressive what we’re able to do here.”