The Keene Pumpkin Festival is one of the most unique events held in New England around Halloween. Ever since the early 1990s, people have been turning out en masse in Keene, New Hampshire and assembling tens of thousands of jack o’ lanterns in an attempt to surpass previously held world records (of which the festival has held in the past). The festival has developed into a large-scale event, with thousands of participants attending to enjoy musical concerts, lots of pumpkin-oriented food and drinks, games, rides, and family entertainment. The festival is staged on a Saturday close to Halloween.
Keene Pumpkin Festival History and Facts
The first year the festival was held was 1991. The festival set a Guinness World Record in 1993 when nearly 29,000 jack o’ lanterns were assembled in one place. The festival is also notable for featuring a fireworks display and many unique varieties of food that employ the use of pumpkins in one way or another. Other attractions include a petting zoo and pony rides for the kids.
Tickets to Keene Pumpkin Festival
This is a free, family-oriented event. The only money you will need is that which you will want to spend on the awesome festival food and other items sold by vendors.
Directions to Keene Pumpkin Festival
The New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival is staged in Keene, New Hampshire, situated just north of Route 101 and west of Route 12 on Main Street.
Lodging near Keene Pumpkin Festival
This one-day event is a destination for most people, but you do have the option of camping at any one of the picturesque state parks in the immediate vicinity such as Pisgah State Park, or at one of the variety of hotels in Keene or nearby towns like Marlborough and Brattleboro.
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