Keene Travel Guide
Fall in New England means plenty of vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows throughout the rolling hills, but this season one town in New Hampshire has way more orange than any other color. That’s because citizens of Keene are all about pumpkins this month, and their Pumpkin Festival next weekend is ready to set all kinds of jack-o-lanterns records.
This fall festival has special stuff for the kiddos, tasty food options, and plenty of live entertainment. However, the stars of the show are the pumpkins. Whether you carve your pumpkin at home or at the festival, be sure to remember to bring a votive candle with your orange gourd. There’s no charge to visit on October 16, but remember to bring $10 for parking.
Even though they're a little early, the residents of New Hampshire are ready to celebrate Halloween this weekend at the Keene Pumpkin Festival.
Things start at 10 am on Saturday with a craft fair and all kinds of food, but the real fun starts at noon with the pumpkin seed spitting contest. More entertainment kicks off in the afternoon with musicians spread out across three stages. If you're up for more eating, or were impressed by Joey Chestnut's recent feat, then get a good spot for the pumpkin pie eating contest.
The day's events culminate when the official count of lighted jack-o-lanterns takes place. That's right, the whole festival is centered on trying to break the world record for the most candle-filled pumpkins in one place: Last year the festival got close with 25,644, but nearby Boston still holds the record with more than 30,000!