Antioch University New England, known for community spirit and involvement, contributed to the 25,644 lit pumpkins at Keene’s Pumpkin Festival this year. Though short of the current world record (Boston claimed it with 30,128), the community pulled together for a weekend of family fun.
Starting on Friday, October 19th, Keene redirected traffic around Main Street in order to set up towers of pumpkins and welcome families to the festivities with a visit from the Great Pumpkin. Saturday’s events spread through the center of town with bands playing on several stages, craft booths and food vendors prominently displayed on and around Main Street, and pumpkins set up lining each street for several blocks in each direction. A costume parade with kids of all ages and Keene High School’s marching band took advantage of the streets while audiences packed the sidewalks. After the sun set, all pumpkins were lit with the final count announcement followed by fireworks.