- Associated Press - Saturday, April 18, 2015

LACONIA, N.H. (AP) - A new home is expected to be announced next week for an annual Pumpkin Festival that was marred by violence last year.

The Laconia Daily Sun (https://bit.ly/1zpAfIV ) reports that the city is interested in hosting the event that tries each year 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.

Festival manager Ruth Sterling visited Laconia Thursday and said she’ll make an announcement Friday.

Others interested include Nashua, Portsmouth, Franklin, Claremont, Exeter, Hampton Beach, Loudon, Peterborough, Rindge, Spooky World in Litchfield, Cheshire Fairgrounds in Swanzey and the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

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