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Jun 2, 2015 9:31 AM

Laconia will hold Pumpkin Festival after Claremont officials decide against it

The Associated Press

CLAREMONT (AP) — A NH city that considered holding a pumpkin festival after Keene decided against one this year has changed its mind.

Members of the New England Pumpkin Festival Committee in Claremont say concerns about traffic, parking and crowd control led them to say no about holding the festival in the city this year. They may try again for next year.

Organizers said they also struggled to secure a location for the event.

This year, Laconia is hosting the pumpkin festival that tries to set a record for the number of carved and lighted pumpkins.

It was held in Keene since 1991 but last year's event turned violent, with alcohol-fueled parties nearby leading to injuries, property damage and more than 100 arrests. The Keene City Council rejected a permit for 2015.


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