What’s more innocent than a pile of pumpkins ready to go under the carving knife? Tomorrow’s the annual (and world famous) Pumpkin Festival here in Keene, so businesses like this local engineering firm have stockpiled pumpkins for employees to carve today. As for me, I have three small-ish pumpkins on my kitchen table awaiting my attention, so you know one thing on today’s to-do list.

Keene, of course, holds the current world’s record for amassing the most lit jack-o-lanterns in one place: 28,952 illuminated gourds, set at the 2003 fest. Last year, still sodden from disastrous flooding, Keene managed to assemble “only” 22,153 pumpkins: not enough to break our own record, and a couple thousand fewer than a competing festival in Boston. This year, that festival in Boston along with some 20 other pumpkin festivals across the country are going for the pumpkin gold…and is there anything more innocent than a good rivalry?

    This is my submission for today’s Photo Friday theme, Innocence. Expect to see many eye-popping photos from this year’s festival over the next few days; in the meantime, you can check out last year’s pumpkin artistry here, here, here, here, here, and here. Right now here in Keene, it’s pouring rain…but the forecast promises a sunny (albeit windy) Saturday.