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HGTV Pumpkin Wars — I Make A Cameo Appearance.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Last 3 Related posts:
1/ Keene Pumpkin Festival On HGTV. Final Counts. No World Record,
>>But Keene Won By 7,048 Pumpkins — Nov. 2, 2012.
2/ Keene Pumpkin Festival Will Air On HGTV
>>On Oct. 31, 2012 As A Special ‘Pumpkin Wars’ — Oct. 24, 2012.
3/ Pumpkin Guinness World Record: Boston, MA,
>>October 21, 2006 With 30,128. Official — Nov. 3, 2012.
4/  Keene Pumpkin Festival Will Need TECHNOLOGY To Beat Guinness
—-Book Record Next Year. RFID & LEDs — Oct. 22, 2012.

>>>>SEARCH (→ ↑) for ‘Pumpkin or Keene’ for all the other posts.


I was at Keene in my official capacity as a Granite State Ambassador (GSA) doing the ‘meet and greet’, registering pumpkins and at the end helping the crowds light the jack-o’-lanterns. Yes, of course, we knew HGTV was there. They were hard to miss. They came by out tend, given it was one of the official registration tents a number of times. I didn’t know they had taped me. We finally got around to watch the show (off the DVR) this evening. We were all joking as to who might appear since we all had a good chance, since we were all quite involved, especially at the end when the lanterns needed to be lit. The Deanna and the kids were here, there and everywhere lightning at 50. I am at about -11.00 (from the end).

Watching the program convinced all of us that to do this properly you need RFID and LED candles as I had prescribed.

That is ME. No escaping that. About -11 minutes from the end. That is the only shot that any of us are in. Click to access FULL HGTV ‘Pumpkin Wars’ episode on their Website as a 49 minute video.

Pumpkin (jack-o’-lanterns) Guinness World Record: Boston, MA, October 21, 2006 With 30,128. Official.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

….
by Anura Guruge


Last 3 Related posts:
1/ Keene Pumpkin Festival On HGTV. Final Counts. No World Record,
>>But Keene Won By 7,048 Pumpkins — Nov. 2, 2012.
2/ Keene Pumpkin Festival Will Air On HGTV
>>On Oct. 31, 2012 As A Special ‘Pumpkin Wars’ — Oct. 24, 2012.
3/  Keene Pumpkin Festival Will Need TECHNOLOGY To Beat Guinness
—-Book Record Next Year. RFID & LEDs — Oct. 22, 2012.

>>>>SEARCH (→ ↑) for ‘Pumpkin or Keene’ for all the other posts.


Click to access article …


So here is the final scoop so to speak. Keene, NH, on October 25, 2003 [i.e., 9 years ago], set the then official Guinness World Record with 28,952, for the 9th time in a row, the first record established by them in 1991 with just 600. See chart below.

But, 3 years later, the record was officially broken, with a certificate from Guinness to prove it, when 100,000+ people came together on Boston Common to light 30,128 jack-o’-lanterns — the event organized by the national ‘Camp Sunshine‘, a non-profit for Children.

Pumpkins in Boston in 2003, the skyline obviously very different from that of Keene. Picture from ‘outtamymindwithworry.blogspot.com’ — with THANKS.

Since establishing the then record in 2003, with its 28,952, Keene has managed to break the 29,000 mark twice, this year (2012) with 29,381 and 29,762 in 2009.

Wikipedia actually has a ‘Keene Pumpkin Festival’ page with lots of pertinent information. If you are still lusting for more information please visit them.

Here are the Keene pumpkin counts per the Wikipedia entry:

Keene Pumpkin Festival On HGTV. Final Counts. No World Record, But Keene Won By 7,048 Pumpkins.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

….
by Anura Guruge


Last 3 Related posts:
1/ Keene Pumpkin Festival Will Air On HGTV
>>On Oct. 31, 2012 As A Special ‘Pumpkin Wars’ — Oct. 24, 2012.
2/  Keene Pumpkin Festival Will Need TECHNOLOGY To Beat Guinness
—-Book Record Next Year. RFID & LEDs — Oct. 22, 2012.
3/ Keene Pumpkin Festival, Keene, NH — Was A Blast,
Though The Record Was Missed By 1,500 Pumpkins — Oct. 21, 2012.


Click image to access the ENTIRE 49 minute HGTV ‘Pumpkin Wars’, Keene, NH vs Highwood, IL edition (replete with commercials).



So the numbers are in.

Keene = 29, 381, Highwood = 22,333. So, Keene, NH won this round.

But the World Record was set by Boston, MA in 2006 with 30,128, Keene had established it in 2003.

If you watch the episode you will appreciate my call for better technology!

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