We do some pretty awesome pumpkin carving, and have done some very intricate designs, but Kelton's "puking pumpkin," with its guts coming out the mouth ended up in our local paper last year. Sure did make the boy smile
by Phyllis Edgerly Ring
As dusk falls, a wondrous sight illuminates downtown Keene, N.H., as more than 22,000 glowing and grinning jack-o-lanterns welcome 50,000 people to the annual Keene Pumpkin Festival.
The orange gourds have put the New England college town of 22,563 on the map and in the Guinness Book of Records, says Suzanne Woodward of Center Stage Cheshire County, which organizes the festival held every third Saturday in October.
Since its beginnings in 1991 with 600 jack-o-lanterns, the festival has set a record for the most jack-o-lanterns 28,953 in 2003 assembled and lit in one place. The festival began as a way to boost downtown business while providing family fun, and has grown to attract pumpkin-toting visitors from across the nation.
The thousands of pumpkins arrive with the folks who come, including many who host neighborhood carving parties and invite family and friends each fall, says Woodward, and local businesses whose employees help boost the count.
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