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Jack o' lantern display in Carbuncle Pond Park
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Oxford's Great Jack-o'-Lantern Fest

For eight nights in mid-October, thousands of jack-o'-lanterns illuminate the trails and hillsides of Carbuncle Pond Park in rural Oxford. Set among the pine trees, special lighting enhances the spectacular carvings, which include historical portraits and designs linked to musical themes. Each year more than 20,000 people visit the display, which runs from dark until 10 p.m. each night. The project contains more than 30 colorful photographs of the illuminated jack-o-lanterns, along with background text that includes a folk tale about the origin of the custom of carving pumpkins.

Originally submitted by: Richard E. Neal, Representative (2nd District).

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