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After Riots, New Pumpkin Fest Location Announced

New Hampshire city of Laconia will host this year's annual Pumpkin Festival

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    After Riots, New Pumpkin Fest Location Announced
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    The New Hampshire city of Laconia will host this year's annual Pumpkin Festival after its long-time host city declined to issue a permit following violence near last year's event.

    At the announcement in Laconia's historic train station Friday afternoon, Mayor Ed Engler said its experience hosting an annual motorcycle festival gives officials a good handle on security and public safety.

    He says there are no "huge concerns" about security in the city of about 16,000.

    Held in Keene since 1991, the pumpkin festival tries each year to set a record for the number of carved and lighted pumpkins.

    Students Help Clean Up After Keene Riots

    [NECN] Students Help Clean Up After Riots at Keene Pumpkin Festival
    Riot crews were out in full force twice Saturday during the Keene Pumpkin Festival in New Hampshire Saturday; Keene State College's president said the students involved will be held accountable.
    (Published Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014)

    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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