Downtown Walkers

A pair strolls down Main Street. Downtown business owners said they want to see the Pumpkin Festival return after a two-year hiatus. (Jon Decker/The Laconia Daily Sun photo)

LACONIA — If Karmen Gifford wanted to know how people felt about the New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival, all she had to do was cancel it.

Gifford, president of the Greater Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce, announced late last week that there would be no 2022 Pumpkin Festival, due to a lack of support from sponsors and volunteers. She then spent all weekend fielding literally thousands of emails and social media postings, all of which added up to her saying these words on Monday: “We are having a festival.”

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I would say if Karmen Gifford had her finger on the community pulse, she would not have made the decision to cancel in the first place. And, is that not her job?

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