Denise Ronan

Equinox Staff

Don’t Miss Out On Fall!

Fall is such a wonderful and beautiful time of year and Keene has always been known for its foliage when the seasons change.

An event that has been brought back, with the help and support of everyone here at Keene State, is the annual Pumpkinfest! Most people have heard a lot about the tradition that started in 1991, and some have even attended the past festivities.

“It belonged to the whole community, and required everyone’s efforts to make it happen,” said Nancy Sporborg, who founded the Pumpkin Festival and ran the event for seven years.

This year’s Pumpkinfest is a family-friendly event with music and dance performances, art activities and games, including pumpkin bowling, all at Central Square in downtown Keene.  This will be happening Sunday, October 27 from 1 to 7 p.m., so tell your friends!

Also, there will be face painting by Emily Sodder with live musical performances by Melodious Zach and Keene State College alumnus Elizabeth Munger.

Most importantly, Pumpkinfest will feature nearly 3,000 Jack-o-lanterns! Go to and hit the tab “carve” to sign up a few pumpkins of your own. Sign up soon; there are only room for an additional 1,000 pumpkins. The rest are from the students at local schools.

Along with the famous Pumpkinfest, Keene State has even more fall events happening right on campus! To celebrate the fall and the spooky season of Halloween, Student Government will be putting on Pumpkin Lobotomy. You may have gone last year, but this Friday, October 25 at 12 to 4 p.m., Fiske Quad will have hundreds of pumpkins for students to come and carve!

Wear a costume if you’d like and stop by some of the tables with fun games and crafts, run by local campus clubs. Food and snacks will be provided. Plus, from 1 to 3:00 p.m., there will be a pet photobooth. This means you can bring your pet, any pet, and take a picture with them. Dress yourselves up or go for a nice portrait; it will be adorable!

Halloween is coming and the Redfern has some great showings to get you in the Halloween spirit. A classic, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” will be at the Putnam Theater on Friday, October 25 at 9 p.m. This includes free admission, free popcorn and pizza and a costume contest for anyone who loves to dress up.

The Redfern has many more films within the week that are free to students! See more of Redfern’s upcoming shows at

Have fun this fall weekend and take advantage of the festivities going on throughout Keene. Get dressed up, have some cider and experience what this season brings with all your friends.

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