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Apr 22, 2015 3:38 PM

Officials, residents on board as Laconia emerges as favorite to land NH Pumpkin Festival


LACONIA - The Pumpkin Festival may have found its new home in the city on the lake.

It seems as though everyone necessary to move the process forward in Laconia is on board.

“If this becomes a reality, I welcome it with open arms," said Chief Kenneth Erickson of Laconia fire and EMS. "We’ll get it done.”

Businesses and residents alike are on board, especially since tourism and large events are routine for the Lakes Region.

“We were just talking about Bike Week and how those events are so much bigger than this," said Julianne Griffin, who lives in Laconia. "I don’t think it’s going to bring that kind of negative activity. If we can handle Bike Week, we can handle Pumpkin Fest.”

But they do plan to be more proactive than Keene.

“We’re going to monitor electronic media, Facebook and Twitter,” said Erickson.

They'll also use a State Police program to help them do so.

The final piece to the puzzle is getting the Laconia City Council's approval.

Ward 4 councilor Brenda Baer said they first need to get a one-day permit from the license bureau, which will then go to the council to vote on.

She said the Pumpkin Festival is just the kind of event Main Street needs, and a big announcement will come in the next few weeks.


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