Laconia prepares to host its first pumpkin festival
LACONIA - Preparations were underway Friday for the city to host its first pumpkin festival - the 25th annual - after the city of Keene opted to hand the festival off.
Starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, downtown expects to host more than 30,000 visitors from across New England. In addition to the many pumpkins, events include a costume parade, pumpkin bowling and in the evening, an effort to reach the Guinness Book of World Records for number f jack'o'lanterns lit at one time.
Laconia will have to break the current record of more than 30,500 lit pumpkins at one time.
"I think it would be really extraordinary to that in our first try," said Mayor Ed Engler. "Whether we do or not, I don't know, but it certainly won't be for lack of enthusiasm. And I don't care how many pumpkins we're going to have personally. It's going to be a great time and it's going to be a lot of pumpkins."
For everything you need to know about the 25th annual pumpkin festival, check out NH1's NH Pumpkin Festival web page.