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New York state fair to be fueled through renewables by 2023

Aug. 21, 2019 9:47 PM EDT

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A New York state commissioner announced Wednesday that the state fair will be solely powered by renewable energy by 2023. Richard Ball, commissioner for the state Department of Agriculture and Markets, made the comment in front of a crowd of hundreds as the state fair started...

Man who recorded pig's treatment banned from Iowa State Fair

Aug. 21, 2019 7:20 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines man who recorded what he says was the abuse of a show pig at the Iowa State Fair earlier this month has been banned from the fair for life. Wheaten Mather tells the Des Moines Register that he and a friend were at the fair Aug. 8 when he saw a boy hitting a squealing...

Nevada county won't permit 'Storm Area 51'-inspired event

Aug. 21, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada county has rejected a proposal for a festival in a rural farming community to coincide with "Storm Area 51" events next month. The Nye County Commission on Tuesday denied a permit for an event organizers dubbed "Peacestock 51" and planned to hold Sept. 20 in Amargosa Valley. The...

Hip hop festival joins open-air market in New Bedford

Aug. 20, 2019 3:54 PM EDT

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — If you were walking through Downtown New Bedford on Saturday, you might have been confused by what you saw. 3rd EyE Open Hip Hop Festival not only had break dancers, but also everything from graffiti artists giving demonstrations to farmers selling sunflowers to families playing...

Taste of Charleston cancels return after 2-year hiatus

Aug. 20, 2019 1:05 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Taste of Charleston organizers are canceling its fall planned return. The Post and Courier reports organizers struck the food-sampling event from the culinary calendar, citing a "lack of excitement in the air to carry it further." The event went on hiatus in 2017, following a...

Butter sculpture unveiled as NY state fair begins

Aug. 20, 2019 11:38 AM EDT

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — This year's butter sculpture at the New York State Fair portrays a young couple sharing a milkshake and a child dunking cookies with her grandfather. The sculpture crafted from 800 pounds of butter was formally unveiled Tuesday by the American Dairy Association North East. Butter...

Inmate who absconded from fair work detail found unconscious

Aug. 20, 2019 11:05 AM EDT

SEDALIA, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say an inmate who walked away from a work detail at the Missouri State Fair has been found unconscious. The Missouri Department of Corrections says 34-year-old Shannon Dewayne Watts, of Springfield, was flown to a hospital for treatment late Monday after was found near a...

Kentucky State Fair changes teen policy after disturbance

Aug. 19, 2019 4:52 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Minors entering the Kentucky State Fair at night now must have a parent or guardian 21 or older with them following a disturbance during the weekend. Kentucky State Police Sgt. Josh Lawson told The Courier Journal that two adults were arrested and seven unaccompanied teens were cited...

Iowa State Fair breaks attendance record set last year

Aug. 19, 2019 4:52 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa State Fair set a new attendance record, as pleasant weather gave a boost to the usual attractions of food, animals, carnival rides and performances. Fair officials say Monday that an unofficial 1,170,375 people visited the fair during its 11-day run on the eastside of Des...

KBI investigating drowning death of man in southeast Kansas

Aug. 19, 2019 4:01 PM EDT

COFFEYVILLE, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is investigating the drowning death of a man who fled from police on an ATV. The KBI said in a news release Monday the man drowned in the Verdigris River in Montgomery County Friday. The chase began when South Coffeyville, Oklahoma, police were...