Freeport illuminated with light from thousands of jack-o’-lanterns

Posted Oct. 29, 2012, at 11:51 a.m.
A full moon rises over a house of jack-o'-lanterns glowing during the Camp Sunshine Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 in Freeport. Organizers had set a goal of 10,000 jack-o'-lanterns to raise money for Camp Sunshine, a retreat in Casco for kids with life-threatening illnesses and their families.
Robert F. Bukaty
A full moon rises over a house of jack-o'-lanterns glowing during the Camp Sunshine Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 in Freeport. Organizers had set a goal of 10,000 jack-o'-lanterns to raise money for Camp Sunshine, a retreat in Casco for kids with life-threatening illnesses and their families. Buy Photo
Piper Rickman, 6, of Cape Elizabeth carves a pumpkin at the Camp Sunshine Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 in Freeport.  Each carved pumpkin was sponsored with a $10 donation. Organizers set a goal of 10,000 pumpkins.
Robert F. Bukaty
Piper Rickman, 6, of Cape Elizabeth carves a pumpkin at the Camp Sunshine Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 in Freeport. Each carved pumpkin was sponsored with a $10 donation. Organizers set a goal of 10,000 pumpkins. Buy Photo
A candle burns inside a jack-o-lantern carved like a cat during the Camp Sunshine Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 in Freeport.
A candle burns inside a jack-o-lantern carved like a cat during the Camp Sunshine Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 in Freeport. Buy Photo
Volunteers unload a crate of pumpkins next to a carving tent at the Camp Sunshine Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 at L.L. Bean in Freeport.
Robert F. Bukaty
Volunteers unload a crate of pumpkins next to a carving tent at the Camp Sunshine Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 at L.L. Bean in Freeport. Buy Photo
Jack-o'-lanterns line a sidewalk during the Camp Sunshine Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 in Freeport.
Robert F. Bukaty
Jack-o'-lanterns line a sidewalk during the Camp Sunshine Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 in Freeport. Buy Photo
A volunteer rushes to set out carved pumpkins before the 5 p.m. lighting deadline at the Camp Sunshine Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 in Freeport.
Robert F. Bukaty
A volunteer rushes to set out carved pumpkins before the 5 p.m. lighting deadline at the Camp Sunshine Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 in Freeport. Buy Photo
A Camp Sunshine jack-o'-lantern glows during the Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 in Freeport. The event was hoping to raise $100,000, enough to cover the cost of an entire week at camp for more than 50 families.
Robert F. Bukaty
A Camp Sunshine jack-o'-lantern glows during the Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 in Freeport. The event was hoping to raise $100,000, enough to cover the cost of an entire week at camp for more than 50 families. Buy Photo
The Mullen and Drosdik cousins of Falmouth and Brunswick pose in their dragon costumes during the Camp Sunshine Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 in Freeport.
Robert F. Bukaty
The Mullen and Drosdik cousins of Falmouth and Brunswick pose in their dragon costumes during the Camp Sunshine Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 in Freeport. Buy Photo
A giant carved and sculpted pumpkin was probably the most photographed jack-o'-lantern at the Camp Sunshine Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 in Freeport.
Robert F. Bukaty
A giant carved and sculpted pumpkin was probably the most photographed jack-o'-lantern at the Camp Sunshine Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 in Freeport. Buy Photo
Volunteers heave pumpkins onto a dump truck during cleanup after the Camp Sunshine Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 in Freeport.
Robert F. Bukaty
Volunteers heave pumpkins onto a dump truck during cleanup after the Camp Sunshine Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 in Freeport. Buy Photo
A giant carved and sculpted pumpkin glows during the Camp Sunshine Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 in Freeport.
Robert F. Bukaty
A giant carved and sculpted pumpkin glows during the Camp Sunshine Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 in Freeport. Buy Photo
What's the fastest way to blow out thousands of candles? A volunteer uses a leaf blower at the end of the Camp Sunshine Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 in Freeport.
Robert F. Bukaty
What's the fastest way to blow out thousands of candles? A volunteer uses a leaf blower at the end of the Camp Sunshine Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 in Freeport. Buy Photo

FREEPORT, Maine — Thousands of jack-o’-lanterns lined Main Street and covered a small building during the 10th annual Camp Sunshine Pumpkin Festival on Saturday night at L.L.Bean.

Each of the pumpkins were sponsored for $10, in an effort to raise $100,000 for the retreat in Casco for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

When the goal is 10,000 illuminated jack-o’-lanterns it takes dozens of people to light all the candles. But when it’s all over it takes just a couple guys with leaf blowers to blow them all out.

Then the cleanup can begin.

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