SPRINGFIELD- The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular festival is the weekend of October 18th through the 19th, so thousands of pumpkins needed carving. Two-thousand-thirteen pumpkins to be exact, since we are in the year 2013. By Sunday night of October 13th, all two-thousand-thirteen pumpkins have been carved, just in time for the following weekend's Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Washington Park in Springfield. The ninth annual Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is a fund-raiser for the Rees Carillon memorial. All two-thousand-thirteen pumpkins will be illuminated and displayed around the Carillon and Washington Park Botanical Garden. The Carillon is more than fifty years old and is in need of repair work, especially the fountain around it. Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is not just about raising the needed money for the Carillon. It's about bringing families and the Springfield community together. Some families enjoy coming back to the festival every year to admire the carved pumpkin artwork of their community. Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular will take place Friday and Saturday, October 18-19 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM. Admission is seven dollars for adults and five dollars for children ages four to eleven. The Rees Carillon memorial is in Washington Park located in Springfield at Chatham Road and Fayette Avenue.
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