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In this Thursday, May 28,2020 photo Virginia Binkerhoff stands outside the Just Dandy women's clothing store she owns in downtown Cheyenne, Wyo. The cancellation of this summer's Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo and cowboy festival due to the coronavirus portends more hard times ahead for businesses struggling in Wyoming's capital city. (AP Photo/Mead Gruver)

No rodeo festival dashes Wyoming city's hopes amid COVID-19

May. 29, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Just Dandy women's clothing store in downtown Cheyenne has endured fire, flooding, recessions and so far the coronavirus pandemic, but will this year's cancellation of the city's famous cowboy-and-rodeo festival, Cheyenne Frontier Days, be the daddy-of-'em-all disaster? “I...

Tulip Time Festival needs to raise $1M after pandemic losses

May. 29, 2020 1:22 PM EDT

HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — The Tulip Time Festival in western Michigan needs to raise $1 million to stem losses from this year's canceled event due to the coronavirus outbreak. Festival organizers have created a GoFundMe page for donations. They also plan to seek out donors. Forgoing next year’s festival...

FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2017, file photo, a large crowd watches a performance at the Wisconsin State Fair near Milwaukee. The Wisconsin State Fair was canceled Thursday, May 28, 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic, marking the first time since 1945 that the 169-year-old annual tradition will not take place. (Barry Adams/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

Wisconsin State Fair canceled for first time since 1945

May. 28, 2020 4:16 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — There will be no cream puffs, concerts, 4-H exhibits, rides on the midway or foods on a stick in Wisconsin this year. For the first time since World War II, and just the sixth time in 169 years, the Wisconsin State Fair has been canceled. The venerable event held every August outside...

Virginia Beach cancels July Fourth fireworks over COVID-19

May. 27, 2020 8:01 AM EDT

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Officials in Virginia Beach have canceled July Fourth fireworks displays slated for two locations in an effort to keep residents safe and comply with orders issued amid the coronavirus pandemic. The displays were scheduled for the Oceanfront and on Mount Trashmore Park, The...

Members of the Leslie J. Lee American Legion Post 85 buy and sell morel mushrooms each spring, usually at the community center, but because the center is closed due to COVID-19 they set up on a former used car lot in Muscoda, Wis., Thursday, May 14, 2020. (Amber Arnold/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

Dry, cool spring leaves Wisconsin town desperate for morels

May. 23, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

MUSCODA, Wis. (AP) — The rectangular wooden block is a little bit bigger than a deck of cards. The idea is to blow through the hole at one end to make a sound that is inaudible to the human ear but wakes a slumbering morel mushroom. Use it in the right spot, and the tasty and much-sought-after fungus will...

A sign on the door of the state labor department office in Anchorage, Alaska, on Friday, May 22, 2020, shows the office is closed to the public through the end of May. A report released by the department Friday showed the number of jobs in Alaska in April was down sharply compared to April 2019 amid coronavirus concerns. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Alaska April job numbers down sharply amid virus concerns

May. 22, 2020 9:24 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska had 42,200 fewer jobs in April than a year earlier as coronavirus fears shut down or disrupted businesses at a time when many traditionally would start adding jobs for the summer, the state labor department reported Friday. As restrictions ease, some of the jobs will return,...

The dates for the 2021 Minnesota State Fair are displayed at the entrance in Falcon Heights, Minn. Friday, May 22, 2020, shortly after the 2020 Fair, scheduled for Aug. 27 to Labor Day, was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

2020 Minnesota State Fair canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic

May. 22, 2020 6:19 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Officials canceled the Minnesota State Fair on Friday after its leader said the COVID-19 pandemic made it impossible for the show to go on. “We all love the fair. And that’s exactly why we can’t have a fair this year,“ General Manager Jerry Hammer told the...

Charleston to hold drive-in music, movies this summer

May. 22, 2020 10:33 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's capital city will hold a series of free drive-in movies and live music this summer after it was forced to cancel an annual festival because of the coronavirus pandemic, officials said Friday. Charleston Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin said the city will hold the events in...

CORRECTS THE SCHOOL BAND NAME TO ROOSEVELT HIGH SCHOOL - FILE - This May 15, 2005 file photo shows Jazz great Wynton Marsalis performing with the Roosevelt High School in Seattle during the 10th Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival in New York. The coronavirus pandemic has altered the annual competition and festival but it will still go on. The event will take place from June 8-12 on Jazz at Lincoln Center’s website, social media accounts and also through Zoom. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the program. (AP Photo/Gina Gayle, File)

Jazz competition for high school students goes virtual

May. 22, 2020 8:00 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has altered the annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival, but it will still go on, giving students the chance to show their talents virtually. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the program. High school bands from around the...

FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2018 file photo, Italian Maestro Riccardo Muti conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra during the traditional New Year's concert at the golden hall of Vienna's Musikverein, Austria. Riccardo Muti will conduct a youth orchestra in an open-air concert launching the annual Ravenna Festival next month in what organizers billed Friday May 22, 2020, as Italy’s first live classical music performance since its strict lockdown to stop the spread of coronavirus. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak, File)

Muti to conduct classical music's return to Italian stage

May. 22, 2020 5:51 AM EDT

SOAVE, Italy (AP) — Riccardo Muti will conduct a youth orchestra in an open-air concert launching the annual Ravenna Festival next month in what organizers billed Friday as Italy’s first live classical music performance since its strict lockdown to stop the spread of coronavirus. The Italian...