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Now That’s A Pumpkin Festival!

Keene Pumpkin Festival

With October, comes visions of fall leaves, apple cider and pumpkins…lots and lots of pumpkins. If your in the New Hampshire area in the month of October, you will find those visions a reality at the annual Keene Pumpkin Festival. This quintessential New England community hosts this awesome event each year. People in the town and surrounding area come to enjoy and take part in the yearly attempt at breaking the world record of amassing the largest number of lit jack-o’-lanterns in one place. They have held that record for many years. This year the festival will be held on Saturday October 19, 2013. Activities will include entertainment, food, treats, costume parade and of course the wonderfully magical displays of carved pumpkins for all to enjoy. Visit website

Master Pumpkin Carving

Hope you enjoy the work of master pumpkin carver Doug Goodreau. He created these last weekend at the Calabasas Pumpkin Festival. First time I’ve seen spray paints being used in pumpkin carving, but the result is spectacular!

A whimsical witch pumpkin with vegetable nose and chin.

Some random faces awaiting their final transformations.

This purple pumpkin imp grins as he watches the passers-by.

Master Pumpkin Carver – Ray Villafane

I caught an episode the other night on Food Network of “Outrageous Pumpkins 2”, where four contestants compete against each other to see who can grabs the title of master pumpkin carver and a prize of $10,000. They were all fantastic artists and carved some absolutely stunning pumpkins. The winner?…Ray Villafane…Master Sculpter. Go to his website www.villafanestudios.com to learn more about him and his art. You can also go to his myspace page www.myspace.com/villafanestudios to see more from his awesome pumpkin gallery.

You can catch the episode of “Outrageous Pumpkins 2” Oct 09, 2010 6:00 PM ET/PT on Food Network.

Tools of the Trade


How many of you have waited till Halloween night to rush out to the grocery store, buy the last deformed pumpkin, then try to carve some sort of recognizable image out of it? Or maybe you’ve left yourself plenty of time but your design still comes out looking like a failed kindergarten art project. Lets face it. We’ve all been there. And we’ve all said “Next year, I’m going to carve one of those cool pumpkins”. More than likely, you don’t have the proper tools for the job. Start with a nice smooth, round pumpkin. Its difficult to carve on a lumpy face. Then before you reach for that sharp kitchen knife, try some of these Pumpkin Carving Tools. You’ll see that with the right tools, you can really take your creativity to the next level. Happy Carving!