"Pumpkin Wars!" A New HGTV Special

Photo Credit: Robert Bosch

We”ve been keeping it under wraps for months, but the word is out, and now we can finally announce our big news– Red Arrow Industries” new show is hitting prime time! Mark your calendars and set your TiVo, “Pumpkin Wars” will air on HGTV Wednesday, October 31, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

This Halloween, Red Arrow Industries will online casino travel to Highwood, Illinois and Keene, New Hampshire as these two towns face-off in an attempt to win the Guinness World Record for “The Most Lit Jack-O-Lanterns In One Location.” In order to claim the title, one of these towns will need to carve a jaw dropping 32,000 pumpkins.

And the fun doesn”t stop there. Expert hosts Drew and Jonathan Scott, from HGTV”s hit show “Property Brothers,” will be on site for all of the festivities including a one-of-a-kind pumpkin “land regatta” competition (where townspeople race 200-300 pound pumpkins on a 150-yard course), a pumpkin bowling competition, a pet costume contest, and a pie baking and pumpkin carving competition (just to name a few).

Follow along with us as we share all the excitement leading up to the big event this Halloween season!

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Responses (39)

  1. Stephanie
    September 26, 2012 at 11:33 am · Reply

    Keene pumpkin fest rocks!!!!!!! We got this hands down!!!!!

  2. redarrowKelsey
    September 26, 2012 at 12:52 pm · Reply

    We like your spirit Stephanie. Let the Pumpkin Wars begin!

  3. Nancy
    September 26, 2012 at 3:34 pm · Reply

    The Pumpkin Festival started in Keene, NH, in 1991. Highwood, Ill. got the idea from Keene — which is AWESOME — we love spreading the pumpkin spirit. But the magic started in Keene and it is time for Keene to take back the record!

  4. redarrowKelsey
    September 26, 2012 at 3:56 pm · Reply

    Nancy wants revenge ya’ll!

  5. Jabbajane
    September 26, 2012 at 10:19 pm · Reply

    Keene will win the Pumpkin Fest ~! Hey, does the town of Keene know you guys are coming? were you here last year? the town council is kinda farty about stuff like this. they have set rules about the streets of Keene. lolol

  6. Jabbajane
    September 26, 2012 at 10:21 pm · Reply

    OH, and Nancy is sooo right~! and we do want JUSTICE~! We were robbed last year~! We want out title back~! Keene,NH is a quaint little college town, home of Keene State. It is a gorgeous place to raise kids or goats.

  7. Sarah
    September 27, 2012 at 12:40 pm · Reply


  8. redarrowKelsey
    September 27, 2012 at 1:48 pm · Reply

    This will be our first time at both pumpkin festivals. And oh yes Jabbajane! We made sure to get approval to bring the cameras in! Everyone in both Keene and Highwood have been wonderful to work with!

  9. Lisa
    September 27, 2012 at 5:00 pm · Reply

    Keene will always be number one in pumpkins! Let’s do this people!!!

  10. Amber R.
    September 27, 2012 at 5:08 pm · Reply

    I moved to Nashville recently. I may live here but Keene, New Hampshire will always be my home! Go Keene! We can get our title back!

    And I’m glad our small city is such an inspiration for other to come together as a community.

  11. Gabe Shakour
    September 27, 2012 at 6:16 pm · Reply

    Keene NH was the place it all began so I know that we will win!
    I can’t wait for P-fest! I am gonna be rapping and singing there along with managing the basketball shooting attraction. Let’s hope for great weather!

  12. Luca Paris
    September 27, 2012 at 10:51 pm · Reply

    Do not underestimate the power of a community to take back what belongs to them…It began here and this year we will prove why KEENE NH is the best community of people ever!!

  13. Celeste
    September 28, 2012 at 6:31 pm · Reply

    Come on Keene! Bring it back home!

  14. Princess from Keene
    September 29, 2012 at 4:36 am · Reply

    These comments are GREAT. BUT I hope everyone in Keene and alllllll the surrounding towns are carving pumpkins. That’s how to win!

  15. JFla
    September 29, 2012 at 11:32 pm · Reply

    Keene we started it, we have the spirit that they lack; we have all the weird people that have nothing but time to carve our pumpkins, goooooooo keene! you guys are going down! XD

  16. Amanda
    October 1, 2012 at 2:25 am · Reply

    Heading back to Pumpkinfest in Keene for the first time in three years! Miss my alma mater and the awesomeness that is Pumpkinfest!!! Can’t wait!!!

  17. Andrea
    October 1, 2012 at 9:27 pm · Reply

    Keene, NH is DEFINITELY going to win! We got this NH! Let’s try to get 35,000 pumpkins this year and blow the record sky high! Weather is always a factor, but we can do it! :0) Keene, NH is the place to be with a gorgeous town and wonderful people! Oh…and of course….GO KEENE STATE OWLS! KEENE ALUMNI believe in KEENE!

  18. Meredith
    October 4, 2012 at 12:21 am · Reply

    Love Pumpkin fest in Keene. It will be the best and craziest year ever. Bring the title home.

  19. Margaret
    October 4, 2012 at 2:18 am · Reply

    Community spirit is alive and well in Keene, NH………I know Keene can win this title again……..

  20. Dickie
    October 17, 2012 at 9:10 pm · Reply

    Don’t miss the Pumpkin Lobotomy at Keene State College on the 19th!

  21. Meghan
    October 18, 2012 at 10:58 pm · Reply

    There is no doubt in my mind that Keene is gonna win this title back! GO KEENE!!!!!!!! I have faith! We got this down right!!!!!

  22. Debby
    October 19, 2012 at 7:18 pm · Reply

    I love that the Property Brothers, are hosting! Way to go Drew and Jonathon!

  23. Ryan Bourke
    October 19, 2012 at 7:55 pm · Reply

    thank you for comeing to keene nh from ryan bourke it was very nice to meet you today my gmail is

  24. Shana R
    October 20, 2012 at 12:50 am · Reply

    I am from Keene NH and now live in Colorado, I miss this event! Bring it Keene!

  25. Pattik125
    October 20, 2012 at 2:15 am · Reply

    Go Highwood!!!!!

    • Fitz
      October 21, 2012 at 2:22 pm · Reply


  26. amanda
    October 20, 2012 at 2:43 am · Reply

    Keene KEENE Keene KEENE

  27. Jennifer
    October 20, 2012 at 2:46 am · Reply

    Keene Pumpkin Festival is the original and the best!! Pumpkins galore alteady there!

  28. Mary Russell
    October 20, 2012 at 5:16 pm · Reply

    I dropped 62 pumpkins off last night. They spell out a memorial for my son Matt Cashman, who passed away September 16th. He Dj’d this event and so we faced it towards the place where he Dj’d. Look for it facing Emerald Street, Across from Teds Shoe & Sport.

    • The Blairs
      October 20, 2012 at 11:43 pm · Reply


  29. Mary Russell
    October 20, 2012 at 5:18 pm · Reply

    Oops, I forgot to mention I dropped them off in KEENE!

  30. The Blairs
    October 20, 2012 at 11:43 pm · Reply

    Keene will win! Because the people are great in that town and their pumpkin carving skills… well 🙂 2 Votes for KEENE!!! WooHOO

  31. Fitz
    October 21, 2012 at 2:21 pm · Reply

    Goo Highwood!

  32. Jenny
    October 21, 2012 at 3:02 pm · Reply

    Go Highwood!! We had a great time at pumpkin fest. It was so nice to see everyone pulling together and helping out.

  33. Melissa
    October 21, 2012 at 5:05 pm · Reply

    Great fun in Highwood last night. The entire cast and crew were so nice. Hopefully we will make the final cut. Go Highwood!

  34. Patrick Walton
    October 27, 2012 at 7:33 pm · Reply

    Great picture Bob! See you at the Big Boo.

  35. Chris
    October 29, 2012 at 5:16 pm · Reply


  36. Jenn mark
    October 30, 2012 at 10:33 am · Reply

    This is for my family in Keene, I wish you all the best in bringing back the pumpkin title. You deserve it!!!!!

  37. Bob V
    November 4, 2012 at 1:14 am · Reply

    We waited patiently for several days…..really not knowing if we won or not….then with over 29,000 Jack O Lanterns on display….the word
    got out…WE WON! Here’s to many years to come!

    Thanks to The Keene Sentinel for their many photos…..and The Discover Card for their incentive of $30,000.00

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