The Keene Pumpkin Festival is a yearly festival of amassing jack-o’-lantern in one place held around Halloween. The Keene Pumpkin Festival is held in Keene, New Hampshire, United states. Jack-o’-lanterns are lanterns carved out of pumpkins. The festival is also known as pumpkin fest or P-Fest and has even spread to other parts of United States of America. The festivals attempts to break the previously held word record of amassing pumpkin lanterns at one place.
The organizers try to break the record every year with the help from business houses and organizations, schools, community and individuals who donate the jack-o’-lanterns. The Keene Pumpkin Festival is not just about the pumpkin lanterns but also about splendid fireworks, mouthwatering food and lots of music. Every year the Keene Pumpkin Festival draws loads of tourists around the world who come there to witness this extra ordinary event. In 2006, The Keene Pumpkin Festival attracted more than 80000 people from around the world which is quite a huge number compared to Keene population of less than 30000 people.
The Keene Pumpkin Festival is held on a Saturday in mid to late October, during Halloween. Once the festival is over, the pumpkins are removed by the volunteers and donated to nearby pig farms to be consumed as food for pigs.
The Keene Pumpkin Festival had the Guinness record of 28952 lanterns set at the festival held on 25th October 2003. This record was overturned by pumpkin festival held in Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America on 21st October 2006 by amassing 30128 pumpkin lanterns. Guinness World record authorities issued a certificate to Camp Sunshine, the organizers of Boston pumpkin festival to mark this record. In 2016, The Keene Pumpkin Festival was held on May 16th