2019 Fundraising Underway

Three easy ways YOU can help bring pumpkins to Downtown Keene!

1. Make a Gift: Last year we raised over $3,000 from people just like you who pitched in! Thank you for your help!

2. Buy the book for $35 and the entire purchase price goes straight to the 2018 festival! Author Nancy Sporborg is still donating ALL proceeds to bring pumpkins to Downtown Keene! If you live locally, you can purchase the book at Toadstool Bookshop. Otherwise, BUY BOOK NOW (This link takes you to Nancy Sporborg’s book page where you can buy the book and see her other book.)

3. Join the Pumpkin Honor Roll with a $100 gift!
Demonstrate your undying love of Keene Pumpkin Festival and for a limited time receive a signed copy of the book FREE! Your name will be included in the Pumpkin Festival Honor Roll prominently displayed on pumpkinfestival.org. We only need 200 more festival lovers to underwrite the entire festival!

Sponsors and Corporations!

Sponsorship Agreement 2019 We have streamlined the sponsorship agreement for your convenience, Community sponsors, welcome back! We are so grateful.


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Huge thank you to The Stage for lighting up our fundraising with a leadership gift. If you are looking for a wonderful lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch, The Stage never disappoints. The Stage Restaurant & Café, 30 Central Square, Keene, 603-357-8389


The founder of the festival, Nancy Sporborg, literally wrote the book on Keene Pumpkin Festival’s 25 years. She is pictured above in her office holding her book high, pledging ALL proceeds to the Keene Pumpkin Festival.


Let it Shine, Inc. Non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization # 27-4941779 Official Address: Let it Shine, Inc., c/o STERLING, 214 Washington Street, Keene, NH 03431 Email 

Let it Shine, Inc., Board of Directors 2019: Nancy Hickox, Ruth Sterling, Timothy Zinn, Jennifer Course, Shaundi Rider. Honorary Board Members: Harry Boynton, Nancy Sporborg. Directors Emeritus: Harry Boynton, John Hayes, Lisa Edwards, Mike Haines

Incorporators Nancy Sporborg, Daniel V. Scully, Timothy Garland


The 2019 Keene Pumpkin Festival harkens back to 1993 when 4,817 pumpkins filled downtown and a second world record was set for the most twinkling jack-o’-lanterns in one place at one time. Central Square will look like it did for decades—full of school children’s pumpkins. (This photo was taken by Mickey Pullen in 2010)