Pumpkin wars begins in Keene with give-away of 20,000 pumpkins
BY MEGHAN PIERCE
Union Leader Correspondent | October 15. 2013 8:47PM
Cheryl Arlem and Stephanie Milotte volunteered at C&S Wholesale Grocers in Keene Tuesday to help giveaway 20,000 pumpkins in preparation for Saturday's Pumpkin Festival, which kicks off at noon downtown. (MEGHAN PIERCE PHOTO)
At the Keene C&S headquarters, a long line of vehicles wound through the parking lot and into the warehouse where the trunks of compact cars, backs of minivans and beds of pickup trucks were filled with the gourds.
"I think it's cool. It's good for the people that want to carve a pumpkin, but can't afford it," said Sophia Severance of Swanzey, who picked out pumpkins with her 4-year-old daughter, Layla.
Picking up 80 pumpkins and wearing a black and orange sweatshirt that says "Got Pumpkins," Marie Moody, coordinator of the Life Art Community Resource Center in Keene, said "We just love being a part of this."
C&S Wholesale Grocers purchased the pumpkins from Newmont Farm in Bradford, Vt., where farmer Walt Gladstone tends a 150 acre-pumpkin patch each year.
Those who picked up the free pumpkins are asked to return them carved with a candle at the festival on Saturday before 2:30 p.m. or Thursday or Friday before 2:30 p.m. at either Leon's Auto Center on Main Street or Fran's of Keene on Washington Street.
Keene originated the Guinness category in 1992 and has broken it eight times in the past.
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