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and the nonprofit organizers Let it Shine, Inc.





2013 Tally



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Official Count Pfest 2014

The official Guinness World Record Attempt count at yesterday's Keene Pumpkin Festival was 21,912. There were 1519 jack-o'-lanterns disqualified and subtracted because they were unlit. Pound per pound, visitors saw more pumpkin than any recent memory because Walt Gladstone's pumpkins (grown at Newmont Farms in VT) were the biggest, plumpest, most flawless pumpkins we have ever carved. Our total this year would have been just shy of our 2000 World Record-setting performance and is in line with the 2001, 2005, 2008 and 2010 festivals (when unlits were not subtracted).



For the first time EVER, as pumpkins pour into the login stations, we can watch the tally grow. Outside on big screens on Rail Road Square at SCORES (and inside too!)


25th Anniversary Pumpkin Festival Coffee Table Book

Soon after the festival, you will be able to submit photos and stories for a beautiful book to be published in 2015. More details on FB soon.



1) What's the best way to come to the festival and bring carved pumpkins?

2) If I have more jack-o'-lanterns than can be carried, what can I do?

3) Which Welcome Centers are the best bet for a big drop off on Saturday?

4) Any tips?

5) Can I carve a pumpkin at the Keene Pumpkin Festival?

6) Am I supposed to bring a candle?

7) What if I forgot my candle?

8) What if my candle blows out?

9) Dogs may do ok early in the day but are prohibited at the festival for their saftey and others' safety Noon-on. Thank you.


Pumpkin Festival Day Dropoffs

Please wait until 8:30am if you want to be greeted properly but Pumpkin Deliveries before 6am Saturday, October 18 are allowed. You may return when the Welcome Centers are operational to register your pumpkins--honor system applies.

Large Pumpkin Deliveries 6:30am-9am, Saturday, October 18. Please bring plenty of help with you and you will be directed to a spot (or find your own). No vehicles in the footprint after 9:30am. You can drive up to a Welcome Center and unload and come back and place your pumpkins where you would like them. The best Welcome Center for this is Roxbury Street. Or if you can get to Davis Street, the Main Street Welcome Center is good. But Davis is the only access.


THANK YOU so very much for your cooperation with this process. We have designed a system to accommodate 40,000 jack-o'lanterns so that if the community carves them, we'll be ready. Many miracles have brought our community to this point in our history. We ask for your patience, kindness, understanding... as well as tireless jack-o'lantern carving!

Let it Shine!!!!



Pumpkin Dump Derby: Collaboration of community and college

Keene Pumpkin Festival's Pumpkin Dump Derby, sponsored by Shipyard Brewing and Clarke Distributors, is welcoming community teams to the 2014 cleanup race wait list. Immediately after the festival,14 teams will race to clean up pumpkins in downtown Keene—the fastest team wins $1,000 for the cause of their choice. All finishing teams will earn a $100 donation to their cause. Register.

Refereeing the Derby is our local Monadnock Rugby Football Club who play Boston at 1pm at Carpenter Street field in downtown Keene. It's a short walk from the festival: follow the purple signs from Railroad Square.

We invite you to experience the magic of the Keene Pumpkin Festival, now in its 24th spectacular year...


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The Magic of Keene Pumpkin Festival

Three hundred and sixty-four days a year Keene, NH, is a quintessential New England community with a pristine church at the head of a welcoming square. On October 18, 2014, that square will abound with jack-o'-lanterns carved by area school children! The bandstand will come alive with entertainment and a tower of pumpkins so spectacular it is called "spell-binding" will rival the church steeple. Delectables in the Food & Craft Court will send forth aromas of apple crisp and maple cotton candy throughout the pumpkin-lined city streets. After reclaiming the WORLD RECORD in 2013, Keene is on top of the world and Keene Pumpkin Festival is the darling of New England events. Admission is a suggested donation of $5 per adult plus a carved pumpkin.


The Craft Court is complete (a wonderful selection!) and no further registrations can be accepted for 2014. Due to the large interest in this one aspect of our festival, we are unable to return phone calls—thank you for your understanding.
NONPROFIT FOOD VENDORS Registrations are complete for the region's best fundraiser.


It's home.

Ruth Sterling's Report on the 2013 Keene Pumpkin Festival


Your pumpkin counts, your support does too!

We know you love the spectacular Keene Pumpkin Festival as much as we do. If you are able to make a gift to help us let it shine, please do! Thank you for loving Keene Pumpkin Festival. Donate Now!

Download a Pledge Card for tax-deductible giving.


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Great Pumpkin


Online registration is closed. Register at the race Saturday morning. (Washington Street).

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Pumpkin Festival

is made possible by...

All of our sponsors


C&S Wholesale Grocers

HGTV Magazine

Antioch University

New England

City of Keene, NH

Markem Imaje

Courtyard Marriott

The Lane Hotel

Holiday Inn Express


Other suggested Accommodations

Best Western Plus

Days Inn


Ashuelot River Campground


100 Nights Hostel


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