KEENE, N.H. (AP) – The annual pumpkin festival in Keene, N.H., will have a different look this weekend.

Two pumpkin towers – which elevated hundreds of jack-o’-lanterns high above two places in town – will be gone. In their place will be 240 large A-frame structures, each holding 80 to 100 pumpkins, that will snake through town.

William Harris of Center Stage Cheshire County says the goal is to put more jack-o-lanterns at or near street level.

The festival has grown over the years to attract 70,000 to 80,000 visitors, and Harris says improving safety was one goal of the changes. The current world record for pumpkin displays – 30,128 – is held by Boston.


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