- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) - Now that the Keene City Council has voted down holding its annual pumpkin festival this year, several other communities are looking at the possibility of hosting it.

The council last week rejected a permit for the festival after alcohol-fueled violence last year led to injuries, property damage and more than 100 arrests.

A Nashua group called Great American Downtown has expressed interest in hosting the event. Director Paul Shea said the city’s downtown area lends itself very well to great community events. He said he’s reached out pumpkin festival organizers, but hasn’t heard back yet.

Ruth Sterling, the organizer of the festival, said she’s received invitations from several New Hampshire cities and one in Massachusetts.

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