*Photos from PumpkinFestival.org
Every year in Keene, NH the town holds a Pumpkin Festival. Their goal is to break the world record for the number of lit jack-o-lanterns in one place. They held the record for many years, until Boston beat them last year.
Now, I love Boston - you all know that - but Keene is the true home of the "Pumpkin Fest", and it only seems right that the record stay there. I've heard rumors that the Boston event actually gave pumpkins away in order to inflate their numbers! That's not right. In Keene, everyone who comes brings one or two (or quite a few!) carved pumpkins with them.
I've been to the Keene festival a couple times, and I haven't been to the Boston one, so perhaps I'm biased. But I love the festival being held in a small town in New England - it just feels more authentic and not quite as crazy. Whatever town you live in, you should try to go to a Pumpkin Festival sometime. Try to break the record. It's not as easy as it sounds. But it sure is fun to see all those scary and silly pumpkins lit up!