The Keene Pumpkin Festival was saved from extinction in 2010 by a new non-profit organization named Let it Shine, Inc., formed for one purpose: to continue the magical pumpkin tradition. Let it Shine was incorporated in February of 2011 and was notified of its 501(c)(3) non-profit status in a letter dated October 31, 2011... yes, Halloween!
A key member of the P-fest Action Team is John Hayes, a lawyer with experience with the state of NH--he brings legal knowledge as well as familiarity with our city and state departments to our team.
The festival's management team, Sterling Design & Communications, organizes events, creates communications programs, and designs public relations programs. Owner Ruth Sterling worked on the original festivals 20 years ago. The festival's creator, visionary Nancy Sporborg, works with STERLING Design & Communications as a writer/creative consultant.
The festival is the product of hundreds of hours of volunteer labor as well as the efforts of professional event staff. No cause could be any more rewarding. If you have a skill, talent or interest, or just love the festival like we do, consider getting involved.