Have you heard that Keene, New Hampshire, will be squaring off against Highwood, Illinois, to win top pumpkin festival honors on October 20, 2012? They’ll be competing to see which town can set a new world record for the most lit pumpkins, which will require lighting more than 32,000 jack-o-lanterns in one location. There will also be competitions to see who can surpass the highest number of people simultaneously carving pumpkins (the current record is 965 participants); and win the title of “longest line of pumpkin pies” by lining up more than 800 of the seasonal dessert. In addition, each community will feature pumpkin bowling, costume contests and a “land regatta” where townspeople race 200-300 pound pumpkins on a 150-yard course. And if that’s not enough to bring you to Keene with a car full of pumpkins, Drew Scott — one of HGTV’s “Property Brothers” — will be on hand to help residents make pumpkin history for the television special “Pumpkin Wars.” Coverage will air on Wednesday, October 31, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Naturally, we want to make sure Keene wins this year’s competition and we’re going to need all of you to help make that happen. Use the comment section below to submit your best ideas on how we can all work together to make sure Keene — and thus New England — comes out on top!