Sunday, October 20, 2013

Pumpkinfest 2013...a new World's Record?

Pumpkinfest started over twenty years ago as a small family event that attracted just 600 carved Jack O'Lanterns in its first year.  It quickly grew into a large seasonal celebration of fall attracting more than 20,000 Jack O'Lanterns including a world record.
The Keene record fell about seven years ago to Boston with more than 30,000 pumpkins and Keene has been trying to regain the record ever since.  At the same time, Highwood, IL outside of Chicago has been trying to claim the record as well.

With family visiting from Ohio, we decided it was time for us to attend Pumpkinfest again and carve Jack O'Lanterns to add to the record breaking attempt.  We carved four pumpkins, a Cheshire Cat, a Funny Monster Face, an Ohio State "O" and a Hello Kitty.

Pumpkinfest has fun activities scheduled throughout the day including pumpkin bowling, one mile fun run for charity, make your own scarecrows, face-painting and a ferris wheel right on Main Street.  This of course is in addition to the (hopefully) 30,000 carved pumpkins lining Main Street and scaffolding.

We got there around 4PM, registered and strategically placed our Jack O'Lanterns and then began our slow stroll up one side of Main Street with a planned return down the other side hoping to take in as many creative carvings as we could spot.  There was entertainment everywhere from bands playing Beatles music to line dancers and dance teams.
We had a very fun evening and enjoyed seeing Main Street bustling with people in costumes and the entire downtown lit up on a gorgeous fall day.  The bonus was the final tally, 30,581 and a new World's Record!!!  Yeah Keene...and we contributed four :)

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