Keene City Council to Vote on Bringing Pumpkin Festival Back to Downtown

Jul 27, 2017

A wall of pumpkins at the Keene Pumpkin Festival in 2008.
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The Keene City Council will soon decide whether to approve the return of the Pumpkin Festival. At its peak, the festival drew tens of thousands of people to Keene and set world records for the most lit Jack o' lanterns in one place. But the event was canceled after riots in 2014.

Now, a proposal for a scaled down version will head to the city council for final approval next week.

"It's our first comeback," said Tim Zinn with Let it Shine, the organization behind the Pumpkin Festival.  He said they've set a limit at 5,000 pumpkins, compared to over 30,000 at the festival's height.  

Organizers have also committed to covering the cost of any city services used for the event.