Keene awaits pumpkin tally to decide winner
KEENE - Keene Pumpkin Festival organizers are still waiting for the official count of jack-o-lanterns from a rival festival in Illinois, which will determine which festival wins tens of thousands of dollars from Discover Card.
Discover Card is awarding the community that gathered the most pumpkins a dollar for each pumpkin that is to go to a non-profit educational cause.
The answer, though, is expected to be revealed tonight during the one-hour HGTV special 'Pumpkin Wars,' in which the attempts of both the 22nd annual Keene Pumpkin Festival and the 2nd annual Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival of Highwood, Ill., to break the Guinness World Record for the most lit jack-o-lanterns is to be featured.
Keene festival officials announced its count of 29,381 pumpkins at the close of its event on Oct. 20. And according to the Highwood Park News, Highwood boasted about 38,000 jack-o-lanterns at its festival the same day.
Keene, the originator of the Guinness category and eight-time record holder of it, already knows it fell short of breaking a new world record.
Keene's count was about 1,500 shy of the world record set by The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival of Highwood Illinois last year with 30,919.
Sterling said Tuesday that the Highwood festival is working with HGTV in with holding its numbers in order to boost ratings for the TV special.
The reality-style show airs tonight, Halloween, at 9 p.m. Eastern Time and features HGTV hosts of its show "Property Brothers" Drew and Jonathan Scott.
Sterling said she is planning a special viewing of the 'Pumpkin Wars' at Keene's Courtyard Marriott bar/lobby.
Sterling said it is both her birthday party and a celebration of the community's accomplishments so all are welcome.
Cake Bites are to be provided by the Amherst baker Cake Bites and there will be a cash bar, she said.
It is a celebration of New Hampshire on a national stage, Sterling said.
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