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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Jack-o-Lantern Update

THANKS, Everyone for all your comments on the Keene Pumpkin Festival. The “one-night stand” lady in costume was so gracious to strike a pose for me. Too bad she won’t know how many people would compliment her creativity.
UPDATE: Keene did NOT set a new world record.

Keene PumpkinFestivalAccording 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?

THAT record may have been broken this year byhighwood pumpkinfest Highwood, Illinois, according to a report in the Chicago Tribune.  Highwood (pop. 5,000) was vying with Keene to beat the Boston record. The dual attempt was a pre-arranged challenge between the two cities, which had to count and light pumpkins on Oct. 22 at the same time.

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.

5 comments:

Elaine said...

Looks like a great competition and festival. I like the one night stand lady too. I'll bet she's a lot of fun to hang around with.

Chip "Rocket Man" Allen said...

A couple of bad Halloween experiences (reporting to basic Training in 1971 and the accident that left me disabled in 2005) have soured me on the festivities. Now I just hide under the bed whimpering.

Sandra said...

that is a lot of jack o lanterns

Out on the prairie said...

You should have given her your blog address. I do often when I shoot others.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Hi Everyone, there were more pumpkins at this event then we have ever seen in one place.

Steve, your comment was a good one. Thanks for the advice.

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