City to pumpkin fest organizers: Pay up for melee

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 23, 2014 at 1:10 p.m.



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KEENE, N.H. (AP) — Officials in a New Hampshire city want the organizers of an annual pumpkin festival to pay $90,000 in costs incurred after violent disturbances broke out this year.

WMUR-TV (http://bit.ly/1vjQbdr ) reports that Keene officials say additional security and overtime for police, fire and public works drove the total cost to nearly $150,000.

More than 100 people were arrested after alcohol-fueled parties got out of hand Oct. 18 near the Keene Pumpkin Festival, leading to property destruction and injuries. Police in riot gear used tear gas and pepper balls to control crowds.

The festival is billed as a family-friendly event that each year tries to set a record for the number of lit jack-o-lanterns.

Organizer Ruth Sterling said the festival board will review the bill next week before deciding how to proceed.

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Information from: WMUR-TV, http://wmur.com

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