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Aug 14, 2015 4:54 PM

Laconia ready to carve out its place as the new home of the Pumpkin Festival


LACONIA - Start carving your Halloween plans -- it's official. The city will host the New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, Oct. 24

City leaders and organizers met Friday as part of the kick-off to the day-long event, which will run from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

There will be plenty of pumpkins along with a 5K race, a costume parade and other activities. The Hobo & Winnipesaukee Railroad will be transformed into the Pumpkin Express for the day.

Organizers hope to assemble more than 30,000 carved pumpkins and make history. Keene, the previous home of the Pumpkin Festival, currently holds the world's record of 30,581 carved and lit jack-o'-lanterns.


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