Keene Pumpkin Festival

Gary

by Festival Nomad, Gary McWilliams

The Parade...
The parade was just starting when I arrived in Keene. I took a detour to the community centre and was in time to see the first participants of the Keene Pumpkin Festival parade. The parade was a "kids and pets" parade. All marchers seemed to really enjoy themselves! The costumes, on both the kids and pets, were great!

Down the Main Street...
After the parade I walked over to the main Keene street. It was lined with antique and classic cars. I wandered slowly through them, admiring and remembering at the same time. Part way down the street was the main entrance to the Keene Pumpkin Festival. Each side of the entrance was lined with imaginative carved pumpkins. Inside the festival grounds I explored the different festival sights. There was the Pumpkin House with all kinds of goodies inside. There was another row of classic cars. One, in particular stood out! It was a Volkswagen Beatle made up to be the “Great Pumpkin”! On the other side of the pathway was the Lions Den. I heard music coming from the building. Inside the Pumpkinfest Chorale was entertaining an enthusiastic audience! Beside the Lions Den, the Keene Lions Club had set up a food booth. There was a long line up waiting to be served.

Weighing In...
I continued along the path until I came to the Pumpkin Weigh-in Station. An announcer called out the weights as each pumpkin was hoisted in to the air and weighed. A crowd watched in anticipation and appreciation, as each one was weighed. While I was there one of the larger pumpkins topped the scales at over 700 pounds! I am fairly certain there was others there that weighed more!

More Festival...
Beyond the weigh-in area, a large big top tent had been erected. Inside vendors had set up to sell products. As I walked through, I had to tell myself to stay away from the “cookies”! I quickly walked through the tent and exited it with my “will-power” still intact! The Keene Pumpkin Festival offered visitors a wide variety of activities. There were pony rides and a petting zoo for the kids. They also had a wonderful Kids Zone. For adults and kids there was the pumpkin weigh-in, Lions Den entertainment and the Antique Car Show. All-in-all the Keene Pumpkin Festival was a great event to visit. I was sorry that I had come alone. Judi would have really enjoyed it. She was at home getting ready to volunteer that evening at Lang Pioneer Village’s Spooky Halloween! 

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