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Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, Roger Williams Park Zoo, Providence RI
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EVENT HISTORY - WHO'S BEHIND THE SPECTACULAR
The Spectacular was founded by John Reckner, an Oxford, Massachusetts postal carrier. Inspired by a Vermont farm he had seen lined with glowing jack o’ lanterns, Reckner organized the first Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular in Oxford in 1988. The 185 jack o’ lanterns featured in this first Spectacular were carved by local residents and displayed for only one evening on a hillside behind a local school. About 300 spectators attended. Today, Mr. Reckner, his family, and their crew of jack o’ lantern artists continue to bring the Spectacular to life, thrilling tens of thousands of visitors each October.