LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — A pumpkin festival failed to scare up a world record for jack-o-lanterns.
The New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival in Laconia was trying to break the record of more than 30,500 lit jack-o-lanterns. It came up far short Saturday, with only 9,567 pumpkins.READ MORE: Omicron COVID Variant Detected In Massachusetts Woman
The festival was previously held in Keene. That city wrested the jack-o-lantern record from Boston in 2013.READ MORE: Demand For COVID Vaccinations Rising In Massachusetts With Arrival Of Omicron Variant
The next year, violence and scores of arrests soured the festival’s relationship with it longtime host city. The violence, which started at alcohol-fueled parties linked to Keene State College, prompted the City Council to reject the festival’s permit for 2015.
Laconia then announced plans to take over the festival. Officials said the town’s experience hosting an annual motorcycle week that attracts thousands provided confidence it could manage public safety for the pumpkin festival.MORE NEWS: CNN Fires Chris Cuomo For Helping His Brother Craft Defense Against Sexual Harassment Scandal
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