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Pumpkin Festival (Ex-Keene) Coming To Laconia, New Hampshire In October 2015.

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
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Keene 2014: the riots!
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Keene 2014 schedule.
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Keene 2014 preview.
>> Keene Pumpkin Festival 2013.

++++ Search on ‘Keene‘ or ‘pumpkin’ using sidebar search (at top) for ALLthe posts from 2012 festival >>>>



See April 26, 2015 Update.



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Google Map view of downtown Laconia, NH.

Just heard that the troubled Keene, N.H. pumpkin festival is moving to Laconia, New Hampshire this October. That is great news.

We are big fans of the Pumpkin Festival. We all volunteered in 2012 and I even made it to the HGTV TV show. We couldn’t make it last year because Devanee had a track meet — and as such, fortunately, missed the riots. Ditto the year before also.

I am delighted to have it in the Lakes Region. Laconia, with its long history of hosting ‘Bike Week’, is no stranger to holding big events. So that, at least, is good. But, I have some concerns — knowing both Keene and Laconia well. Laconia is no Keene! That could be an issue. Keene is handy to both MA and VT and I am sure that that played a role in the success of their festival. Laconia, dare I say it, also does not have the amenities. So it will be rather different. Yes, we will most likely get involved. I know a lot of people in Laconia plus I am a Granite State Ambassador (GSA).

Given my experience at Keene I would think that Weirs Beach Boulevard, the focal point of Bike Week, would be the best spot to anchor the festival. The long, broad sweep, by the Bay would be the ideal place to place all the pumpkins. But Weirs Beach is a few miles from downtown Laconia. This will be much bigger than Laconia’s ever successful ‘Multicultural Day‘ — which is held downtown. The location, to me, will dictate the overall success of this new venture.

I will try to make this blog ‘Laconia Pumpkin Festival’ central — for YOUR edification. OK? So stay tuned. This was but a heads up post. This should be exciting and fun. Can’t wait.


HGTV Pumpkin Wars — I Make A Cameo Appearance.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Last 3 Related posts:
1/ Keene Pumpkin Festival On HGTV. Final Counts. No World Record,
>>But Keene Won By 7,048 Pumpkins — Nov. 2, 2012.
2/ Keene Pumpkin Festival Will Air On HGTV
>>On Oct. 31, 2012 As A Special ‘Pumpkin Wars’ — Oct. 24, 2012.
3/ Pumpkin Guinness World Record: Boston, MA,
>>October 21, 2006 With 30,128. Official — Nov. 3, 2012.
4/  Keene Pumpkin Festival Will Need TECHNOLOGY To Beat Guinness
—-Book Record Next Year. RFID & LEDs — Oct. 22, 2012.

>>>>SEARCH (→ ↑) for ‘Pumpkin or Keene’ for all the other posts.


I was at Keene in my official capacity as a Granite State Ambassador (GSA) doing the ‘meet and greet’, registering pumpkins and at the end helping the crowds light the jack-o’-lanterns. Yes, of course, we knew HGTV was there. They were hard to miss. They came by out tend, given it was one of the official registration tents a number of times. I didn’t know they had taped me. We finally got around to watch the show (off the DVR) this evening. We were all joking as to who might appear since we all had a good chance, since we were all quite involved, especially at the end when the lanterns needed to be lit. The Deanna and the kids were here, there and everywhere lightning at 50. I am at about -11.00 (from the end).

Watching the program convinced all of us that to do this properly you need RFID and LED candles as I had prescribed.

That is ME. No escaping that. About -11 minutes from the end. That is the only shot that any of us are in. Click to access FULL HGTV ‘Pumpkin Wars’ episode on their Website as a 49 minute video.

Pumpkin (jack-o’-lanterns) Guinness World Record: Boston, MA, October 21, 2006 With 30,128. Official.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Last 3 Related posts:
1/ Keene Pumpkin Festival On HGTV. Final Counts. No World Record,
>>But Keene Won By 7,048 Pumpkins — Nov. 2, 2012.
2/ Keene Pumpkin Festival Will Air On HGTV
>>On Oct. 31, 2012 As A Special ‘Pumpkin Wars’ — Oct. 24, 2012.
3/  Keene Pumpkin Festival Will Need TECHNOLOGY To Beat Guinness
—-Book Record Next Year. RFID & LEDs — Oct. 22, 2012.

>>>>SEARCH (→ ↑) for ‘Pumpkin or Keene’ for all the other posts.


Click to access article …


So here is the final scoop so to speak. Keene, NH, on October 25, 2003 [i.e., 9 years ago], set the then official Guinness World Record with 28,952, for the 9th time in a row, the first record established by them in 1991 with just 600. See chart below.

But, 3 years later, the record was officially broken, with a certificate from Guinness to prove it, when 100,000+ people came together on Boston Common to light 30,128 jack-o’-lanterns — the event organized by the national ‘Camp Sunshine‘, a non-profit for Children.

Pumpkins in Boston in 2003, the skyline obviously very different from that of Keene. Picture from ‘outtamymindwithworry.blogspot.com’ — with THANKS.

Since establishing the then record in 2003, with its 28,952, Keene has managed to break the 29,000 mark twice, this year (2012) with 29,381 and 29,762 in 2009.

Wikipedia actually has a ‘Keene Pumpkin Festival’ page with lots of pertinent information. If you are still lusting for more information please visit them.

Here are the Keene pumpkin counts per the Wikipedia entry:

Keene Pumpkin Festival On HGTV. Final Counts. No World Record, But Keene Won By 7,048 Pumpkins.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Last 3 Related posts:
1/ Keene Pumpkin Festival Will Air On HGTV
>>On Oct. 31, 2012 As A Special ‘Pumpkin Wars’ — Oct. 24, 2012.
2/  Keene Pumpkin Festival Will Need TECHNOLOGY To Beat Guinness
—-Book Record Next Year. RFID & LEDs — Oct. 22, 2012.
3/ Keene Pumpkin Festival, Keene, NH — Was A Blast,
Though The Record Was Missed By 1,500 Pumpkins — Oct. 21, 2012.


Click image to access the ENTIRE 49 minute HGTV ‘Pumpkin Wars’, Keene, NH vs Highwood, IL edition (replete with commercials).



So the numbers are in.

Keene = 29, 381, Highwood = 22,333. So, Keene, NH won this round.

But the World Record was set by Boston, MA in 2006 with 30,128, Keene had established it in 2003.

If you watch the episode you will appreciate my call for better technology!

Keene Pumpkin Festival Will Air On HGTV On October 31, 2012 As A Special Edition Of ‘Pumpkin Wars’


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Last 2 Related posts:
1/  Keene Pumpkin Festival Will Need TECHNOLOGY To Beat Guinness
—-Book Record Next Year. RFID & LEDs — Oct. 22, 2012.
2/ Keene Pumpkin Festival, Keene, NH — Was A Blast,
Though The Record Was Missed By 1,500 Pumpkins — Oct. 21, 2012.


HGTV page for Pumpkin Wars.

Click image to access ‘HGTV’ page for Pumpkin Wars.



Click image to access this ‘HGTV’ description of the show.

Keene Pumpkin Festival: HGTV ‘Pumpkin Wars’ & Another World Record Attempt


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
1/ Pumpkin Festival In Keene, NH, Saturday, October 20, 2012 From Noon Till 8:30 PM
Oct. 16, 2012.
2/ Keene (NH): Pumpkin Festival Saturday, October 20, 2012 From Noon —
PARKING, $15/car — Oct. 19, 2012.
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3/ Back Volunteering As A Granite State Ambassador (GSA)
July 14, 2012.

4/ New Hampshire Stories: Laconia Rotary Club
—-and the ‘University of Whales’ — Oct. 9, 2012.


Click to watch video on Yahoo (from NH Channel 9, WMUR).


Click image to read more about HGTV program. My kids plan to be on it!

Not much more I can add that is not already in the above ‘clips’. On HGTV ‘Pumpkin Wars’ and an attempt at the Guinness Book World Record.
See you there. Cheers.