Pumpkin Fest gets a coffee-table book

Published: 9/2/2016 10:18:43 AM

The annual Pumpkin Festival, which put Keene on the map as a world-record jack-o-lantern creator and now continues in Laconia, has been memorialized in a new photo book.

Pumpkin Festival – 25 Years was curated by Nancy Sporborg, who also tells the story of the festival from its inception in Keene in 1991, its downfall and nearby riot in 2014, to the 2015 festival in Laconia.

More than 20 photographers contributed to the book including Al Braden of Austin, Texas, formerly of Keene, and Mickey Pullen of Mount Juliet, Tenn. Local photographers include James Sequenzia, Ruth Sterling, Steve Hooper, Shaundi Kane, Michael Moore, Maureen Bieniarz-Pond, Timothy Zinn, Robert Clifford, Bonnieta Kraft, Pauline Dionne, Lance Miller, Stillman Rogers, Paul Bostwick, Aaron Lipsky and community members from Center Stage and Let It Shine.

The book is available for $35 at several Keene area businesses and online at pumpkinfestival.org. It has a limited release of 1,500 copies.

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