*** Featured Fall Festival*** Keene Pumpkin Festival
The fall harvest and Halloween will be celebrated throughout New England this fall, but nowhere, perhaps, more spectacularly than at the 22nd annual Keene Pumpkin Festival October 20, 2012. A quick look at the history of previous festivals tells it all--from 1991's first festival, which featured 600 jack-'o-lanterns, to 2000's record-breaking 23,727 glowing gourds and 2003's Guinness World Record 28,952 illuminated pumpkins--the Keene, New Hampshire, event has developed a loyal and enthusiastic following.
The people of New Hampshire surrendered their Guinness World Record for the most lit jack-o-lanterns in one place to Boston in 2006, but they haven't given up hope of besting Boston's 30,128 glowing gourds. Will 2012 be the year the festival sets a new world record and Keene regains its status as pumpkin capital of New England? You'll just have to head to the Keene Pumpkin Festival to see for yourself. The Pumpkin Festival Web site has all of the information you need on lodging, directions and parking, plus the critical details of where to register your own carved pumpkin! Need carving inspiration? Find pumpkin carving templates online.
Football and Other Sporting Events
*** Featured Sporting Event:*** Boston College Football
While tickets to see New England's NFL team, the Patriots, are scarce, football lovers visiting New England this fall need not despair! All of the excitement and thrill of going to the game can be experienced when you cheer on Boston College. Upcoming match-ups on BC's home schedule include September 1 vs. Miami, September 8 vs. Maine, September 29 vs. Clemson, October 27 vs. Maryland, November 10 vs. Notre Dame and November 17 vs. Virginia Tech. Home games are played at Alumni Stadium, capacity 44,500, on the Boston College campus. Call the ticket office at 617-552-GoBC to check ticket availability.
More New England Fall Fun
*** Featured Fun Event:*** Horseman's Hollow
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, complete with the Headless Horseman, is still alive and well! New England's neighbor, New York, boasts some of the nation's oldest legends and spooks, and Washington Irving's tale of Ichabod Crane and his headless pursuer is one of the classics. Historic Hudson Valley, which operates Irving's Sunnyside and Philipsburg Manor in Westchester County, will scare you out of your mind during Horseman's Hollow nights at Philipsburg Manor on October 6-7, 13-14, 19-21 and 25-28, 2012. This haunted experience, back for its third year, features a terrifying landscape populated by the undead, the evil and the insane: all serving the mysterious rider himself! Call 914-631-8200 for ticket information.
Related Resource: Weekend-by-Weekend Guide to Fall Events in New England
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