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Keene Pumpkin Festival

October 16, 2010 by Post Team 

Keene Pumpkin Festival, A little group of aficionados, but spent pumpkin braved the cold, wind and rain to attend the kickoff Friday night the 20th Keene Pumpkin Festival.

The large orange fruit, however, were out in force.

The candles shone through the faces carved jack-o-lanterns on Central Square along Main Street and Railroad Square as the sky darkens.

Among those reading pumpkins were Gilbert A. and Alice K. Fuld Keene. Strolling in the Railroad Street with their daughter, Rachel A. Fuld and his two daughters, Anna, 7, and Lila, 2, they said they liked what they saw.

One of the favorites of the family was a Duke.

“It’s cold,” Lila said, snuggling close to his mother. Anna said she was eager to parade on Saturday, especially because she had heard that there would be flamenco dancers.

George M. and David A. Sloate Smith of the Hartford region, Connecticut, wandered among the pumpkins at Central Square. Part of a larger group that rises each year in Connecticut, they said they preferred the experience of the festival on Friday. There are fewer pumpkins, but also thinner crowds.

The group came together in the spirit of celebration and protection from the rain by wearing large novelty hats.

Sloate says she heard through others, she met that night that this year’s festival could be the last, but she hopes it is not true.

Center Stage Cheshire County, which organizes the event, will bow out after the festival this year, leaving organizations and businesses was wondering if anyone else would take the ball in the future.

Groups and individuals continuously fed overnight pumpkins. Pause after the signing of more than 30 pumpkins Army Hi, Kimberly E. Zofsak said the number impressed her.

“Given the weather, there was a very good participation,” said Zofsak.

If she was not sure of all the evening she was optimistic about starting tomorrow. “At this rate, we’ll do well,” she said.

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