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2014 Schedule of Events

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Saturday, October 18

6am Main Street closes
7:15am Race registration opens
7:30am Food & Craft Court Setup
8:30am Great Pumpkin Mile Race
9:30am No more services vehicles downtown
10am Keene Public Library Holiday Story Time
11:30am Food & Craft Court opens
11:45am Street Performance: KSC Cheerleaders
Noon Festival opens:
  Ferris Wheel opens on Main St.
  Pumpkin Patch for kids at NGM/MSA group
  Kids: Make your own pizza at Ramunto's
12:30pm Costume Parade West St. to Main St.
1:30pm Bandstand: The Auld Locals
1:45pm Street Performance: Steve DeMasco's Shaolin Studio
2pm Keene Public Library Magic Show
  Bandstand: Bat Magoon!
2-6pm Bowling on West Street
2:15pm    Street Performance: NHDI
2:45pm Bandstand: Pop Alert
3:15pm          Street Performance: KSC Dance Team
3:45pm Bandstand: Santa Croce 
4pm Lighting begins
4:15pm     .Street Performance: Mavericks Line Dancers
4:45pm          Street Performance: Earth Dancer School Free Spirits
5:15pm Bandstand: The Beatles “Studio Two”
6:30pm     Log-in ends, jack-o’-lanterns lit
6:50-6:55pm           Guinness World Record Attempt
8pm      Count announced
8:15pm      Festival sales end
8:30pm Festival closes
8:45pm      Pumpkin Dump Derby

Welcome Centers at Each Downtown Entrance

Welcome to the Keene Pumpkin Festival.... Log in your carved jack-o'-lantern to be part of the world record tally, make a donation to keep the festival shining... all at whichever entrance gate you choose. If you forgot your pumpkin, you can carve one at the carving station--or adopt one at the Pumpkin Orphanage--and log it in. Visitors will feel warmly welcomed to Keene Pumpkin Festival. Pumpkin orange tents signal the Welcome Centers.

HGTV Magazine Demo Schedule at the Gilbo Ave Welcome Center

1pm........Faux Pumpkin Fun
1:30pm...Meet HGTV Design star Megan Caswell
2pm........Little Pumpkin Ideas
3pm........Spooktacular Wreaths sponsored by Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores
4pm........"Terrible" Tees


The Great Pumpkin Mile 8:30am
Location: Washington Street to the Winchester Street roundabout and back. Before the festival, first thing in the morning, a one-mile race through the car-free, pumpkin-lined streets of Keene, right past the spectacular tower! Sponsored by Ted's Shoe & Sport and Elm City Rotary Club

A 45-foot Photo Opportunity Noon-8:30pm
View the festival from 45 feet in the air, thanks to the Ferris Wheel on Main Street provided by East Coast Amusements. Sponsored by Price Chopper.

Pumpkin Festival Children’s Costume Parade 12:30pm
Location: West Street to Main Street. Children (of all ages!) decked out in Halloween costumes parade down West Street and continue down the Main Street lined with delighted spectators. Sponsored by PC Connection.

Pumpkin Bowling 2pm-6pm
Location: West Street, after the parade clears the area. Real bowling pins but instead of bowling balls, we'll be bowling with pumpkins--the hard cooking pumpkins. Try the new sport of pumpkin bowling in the middle of what is usually one of New Hampshire's busiest streets.Sponsored by Best Western and Days Inn.

Food and Craft Court Noon-8:15pm
Location: Commercial Street and Gilbo Ave. Parking Lots
Offering a wide assortment of healthy and fair foods, hosted by local non-profit organizations, the 2013 Food & Craft Court is sure to be the delight of the festival. Looking for a pulled pork sandwich, fried pickle or fried dough? Step right up. Wraps, stews and turnovers as well as pumpkin-inspired treats are also among the menu offerings. Tables for quick-picnics will be right nearby with necessary facilities conveniently located around the corner. In addition to food offerings, the Food & Craft Court includes three dozen artisans offering crafts from paintings to fudge with many returning favorites. Sponsored by Antioch University of New England.

Spectacular Pumpkin Tower at Central Square
Plus thousands of jack-o-lanterns on street-level displays

The signature tower on Central Square is the centerpiece of the Keene Pumpkin Festival. Sponsored by C&S Wholesale Grocers and Markem-Imaje.

The Pump(kin) Dump Derby 8:30pm
A race to clean up Pumpkin Festival involving competing teams, lottery-assigned territories, and prizes. Sponsored by Keene State College, Clarke Distributors and Shipyard Brewing Co. Details

The street will be lined with pumpkins and pumpkin spectators, for smooth strolling and the best viewing, unfettered by vendor booths and queues. Families and seniors will feel very welcome and handicap parking in excellent locations makes access easy. Live musical entertainment will add to the atmosphere on the bandstand and at other selected locations but the sights will carry the day!

The night before, Friday, October 17, you will find one of the most beautiful, welcoming downtowns in New England featuring fine dining establishments, a lavishly restored theatre, wonderful shops and boutiques—the very same enchanting scene you will find every other Friday in Keene, NH.

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