Sunday, October 29, 2017 • 1-7pm • Central Square, Downtown Keene
THANK YOU Pumpkin lovers! We are at 92% of goal with only $2,280 needed to get to the top! If you want to be part of this rekindling of Keene Pumpkin Festival, please make your gift this week. If you have already given, THANK YOU! Facebook donations are at the second highest level in the history of the fest. GIVE HERE.
Pumpkin Honor Roll 2017 to date (Gifts of $100)
Dorrie Masten, Tim Zinn, Denise Meadows, Jay Pettapiece, Anonymous Grandparents, Monadnock Co-op, Corey Williams, Walpole Creamery, TD BankNorth, Carol McIntyre-Peale, Nadine Tardie, Betsy Cotter, Lisa Edwards, Amy Thacker and Kris Roberts.
Activities & Entertainment
Children’s Costume Parade/Stroll from West Street around Central Square one and one-half times. Gather in front of the Parrish Shoe Sign on West Street at 1:15pm. Disperses in front of the free kids’ games near Roxbury Street.
Dance Performances in the street in front of Pedraza’s including a special appearance by NHDI with the Pumpkin Festival anthem, “This Little Light of Mine, I’m Gonna Let it Shine.”
Pumpkin Games including Corn Hole and many other innovative FREE games. We are putting the “active” in activities!
The primary activity at Keene Pumpkin Festival is the spectacular display of jack-o’-lanterns, as always! But after families find their pumpkins and admire all the others, we encourage you to linger Downtown. Enjoy the fine restaurants and explore the space—a quintessential New England Downtown in autumn.
Downtown Association Trick-or-Treat. Participating Downtown establishments are hosting traditional trick-or-treat two days before Halloween! 2-3:30pm. Kids will want to come in costume to the festival, join the parade and check out beautiful Downtown Keene’s shops and restaurants hosting trick-or-treat.
Calling all pumpkin lovers! Would you like to help with the 2017 fest? Check out this VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION and consider lending a hand to bring the twinkling jack-o’-lanterns back to downtown Keene.
Other Pumpkin Festivals to Check Out
In 2015, Pumpkin Festival as we have known and loved it for 25 years moved north of Keene to Laconia, NH, where an unbelievably spectacular event took place on October 24. NH Pumpkin Festival #NHPumpkinFest 🎃 This event continued on a very rainy OCT 22, 2016 in friendly Downtown Laconia, NH.
On the same day as the 2015 Laconia festival, a new festival debuted near Keene at the Cheshire Fairgrounds, an event called the Monadnock Pumpkin Festival. Facebook. This event continued on OCT 15, 2016, at Cheshire Fair Grounds, 247 Monadnock Highway, Swanzey, NH
Pumpkin Festival at the junction of art, business and recreation
Laconia, August 14, 2015. Standing at the junction of art, business and recreation, key members of the Pumpkin Festival 2015 team unveiled a work of art created to support the festival.
“Business support of the pumpkin festival event promotes the arts and recreation in our state,” said Ruth Sterling. “Artist Lawrence Frates has used his talent to help. This is what Pumpkin Festival is all about. Everyone letting their own lights shine.”
Let it Shine, the non-profit producers of the fest, has demonstrated for four years that when a region’s schools, businesses, neighborhoods, families and individuals sit down to carve their pumpkins, one community becomes a showplace for the world.