UPDATE: Keene did NOT set a new world record.
According to news reports this morning – the final tally was listed at 16,186 – short of both the current record and the city’s 29,762 high mark in 2009.
Keene’s festival began in 1991 with 600 jack-o-lanterns. The town won its first title in 1996 with more than 13,000 lit pumpkins.
Boston holds the current record with 30,128 lit jack-o-lanterns in one place set in 2006
OR does it still?
Last year, Highwood’s Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival fell short of the record, getting close with 26,287 pumpkins. Event sponsors believe that tally was beat this year.
Did Highwood become the NEW record holder?
A final decision by Guinness World Record officials could take a few weeks . . . to be continued.