Fairs and festivals

July 13, 2019 - 9:48 am
LIBSON, Maine (AP) — One Maine town is showing its moxie this weekend. The Moxie Festival dedicated to the quirky soda gets underway in earnest Saturday with a parade, music and a chugging contest in Lisbon. The creator of the quirky beverage was a Maine native, Dr. Augustin Thompson, whose brew...
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July 12, 2019 - 10:13 am
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Doughnuts with a side of syringes have been nixed from the Minnesota State Fair after the offering was roundly criticized. Last month fair officials announced the new foods that would be available at this year's event, including doughnut holes that came with three syringes of do-...
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FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2015 file photo, Willie Nelson performs at Farm Aid 30 at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island in Chicago. Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews headline Farm Aid 2019 when the annual music and food festival visits Wisconsin's dairy country in September. Tickets for the Sept. 21 event at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wisconsin, go on sale Friday, July 12, 2019. (Photo by Rob Grabowski/Invision/AP, File)
July 09, 2019 - 4:31 pm
EAST TROY, Wis. (AP) — Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and the Dave Matthews will headline Farm Aid 2019 when the music and food festival visits Wisconsin's dairy country in September. Tickets for the Sept. 21 event at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy go on sale Friday. Farm...
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FILE - This March 30, 2004 file photo, shows the grand stands at Vernon Downs in Verona, N.Y. Oneida County Sheriff Rob Maciol is among the local officials and residents expressing concerns about upstate New York’s Vernon Downs harness track and casino hosting the 50th anniversary Woodstock festival Aug. 16-18. Vernon Downs could host up to 65,000 people, as opposed to the 150,000 planned for Watkins Glen, and it would not feature camping. (AP Photo/Kevin Rivoli, File)
July 09, 2019 - 3:24 pm
VERNON, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York town has denied a permit to stage the Woodstock 50 festival at a local horse track, saying the application is too late and incomplete. Organizers can appeal the permit denial to the town's planning board within five days, Vernon town attorney Vincent Rossi...
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REMOVES WEIGHT OF BULL - Jaime Alvarez from Santa Clara County, California, sits in a hospital in Pamplona, northern Spain, Monday, July 8, 2019 after being gored by a bull Sunday at the San Fermin Festival. Alvarez, a 46-year-old who works as a public defender in Santa Clara County, California, says that being ran over and gored in the neck by a bull is something he will never forget. “The joy and the excitement of being in the bullring quickly turned into scare, into real fear for my life,” the San Francisco resident told The Associated Press on Monday at the regional hospital where he recovered a day after undergoing an urgent 2-hour-long surgery. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
July 08, 2019 - 4:37 pm
PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) — The desire to have a selfie as a souvenir from running with the bulls in Spain turned into a near-death experience an American lawyer says he'll never forget. A charging bull ran over and gored San Francisco resident Jaime Alvarez in the neck during the first run of this year...
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Revellers run next to fighting bulls during the running of the bulls at the San Fermin Festival, in Pamplona, northern Spain, Sunday, July 7, 2019. Revellers from around the world flock to Pamplona every year to take part in the eight days of the running of the bulls. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
July 07, 2019 - 7:12 am
PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) — Five people were hospitalized after the opening bull run of this year's San Fermin festival in Pamplona, including two Americans and a Spaniard who were gored by bulls, officials in the northern Spanish city said Sunday. A 46-year old man from San Francisco was gored in the...
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Revellers celebrate while waiting for the launch of the 'Chupinazo' rocket, to celebrate the official opening of the 2019 San Fermin fiestas with daily bull runs, bullfights, music and dancing in Pamplona, Spain, Saturday July 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
July 06, 2019 - 5:55 am
PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) — The blast of a traditional firework on Saturday opened nine days of uninterrupted partying in Pamplona's famed running of the bulls festival. A member of the northern city's official brass band was chosen for this year's launch of the rocket, known as the "Chupinazo," to mark...
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July 04, 2019 - 4:23 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Essence Festival's 25th "party with a purpose" has officially kicked off in New Orleans. Mayor Latoya Cantrell welcomed participants during a news conference Thursday at Ashe Cultural Center. She says over the past 25 years, the festival has generated nearly $4 billion in...
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FILE - In this July 20, 2014, file photo, singer-songwriter Peter Yarrow, of the 1960's era musical trio "Peter Paul and Mary," claps and encourages the audience to sing along during a memorial tribute concert for folk icon and civil rights activist Pete Seeger at Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park in New York. An upstate New York music festival has disinvited folk singer Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary over his 1970 jail sentence for indecent liberties with a 14-year-old girl. The Press and Sun Bulletin of Binghamton reports that board members of the Colorscape Chenango Arts Festival in upstate New York cited negative reaction to Yarrow on social media in their decision to remove Yarrow from the festival’s lineup. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
July 03, 2019 - 6:50 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A music festival has disinvited folk singer Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary over his 1970 jail sentence for indecent liberties with a 14-year-old girl. The Press and Sun Bulletin of Binghamton reports that board members of the Colorscape Chenango Arts Festival in upstate New...
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FILE - In this July 7, 2018 file photo, Mary J. Blige performs at the 2018 Essence Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Blige will take part in the Essence Festival, marking 25 years of celebrating black excellence in business, fashion, entertainment and music. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)
July 01, 2019 - 10:36 am
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Essence Festival, which draws thousands to New Orleans during the fourth of July week, is celebrating 25 years of bringing African American women of all ages together for thought-provoking conversation and performances from top musical acts. Launched to mark the 25th...
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