Wednesday, October 26, 2011

4th ANNUAL KEENE PUMPKIN FESTIVAL

The weekend that just passed is a pretty big deal in the Village of Keene, where I happen to live.
The was the fourth year for this event which offers something for all ages, however, the main focus is really the children. For me, this was the very first one I've attended and participated in as I've been at one of my daughter's homes when it has taken place prior to this year.
Children are invited to display their carved or painted pumpkins to build a 'Pumpkin Pyramid'. Their is a costume parade, pony rides and a petting zoo, face painting and a 'Kid's Zone'. Their is a definite energy that comes from kids of all ages. Although, the weather was damp and cold, it didn't seem to affect the spirits of the children. Face painting is especially in demand.



For the adults there's also an opportunity to dress up in costume, an antique car and tractor show, a pumpkin pie contest, raffles, fiddlers and square dancing. The most anticipated event is the Giant Pumpkin weigh-off. This year the largest pumpkin weighed over 1100 lbs.



For all, there is the arts and crafts tent. This year I opted to rent a table and try selling my photography. At the end of the day, I decided this was not a venue for photography. Now, if you were offering food, sweets or baking those were a huge hit.



Last but not least, there was a beer tent and the day ended with a Ham n' Harvest Church Supper.
I didn't get a chance to see some of it as I was at my own table. As someone who had not attended or participated before, I was really impressed. The organizers and the town in general did an amazing job.
People in the Village really get involved. Many driveways and entrances to homes were decorated very impressively.
If you are curious and would like to attend next year, hear is the website link...
www.thekeenepumpkinfestival.com

1 comment:

MEG MITCHELL said...

Nothing is better than Fall and a pumpkin festival sounds like a great way to spend these beautiful days. Only in small towns though .... no pumpkin festival in Toronto.