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Maine fair known for huge pumpkins back from pandemic hiatus

Sep. 23, 2021 01:46 AM EDT

CUMBERLAND, Maine (AP) — A farmers fair that dates to the 1860s will resume in Maine this weekend after taking a year off due to COVID-19. The Cumberland Fair is scheduled to start on Sunday and run through Oct. 2. The fair was first held in 1868 and is one of the...

Parachutists bail in pandemic on West Virginia's Bridge Day

Sep. 22, 2021 19:18 PM EDT

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Parachutists won’t jump off the nation’s third-highest bridge next month due to worries about sufficient emergency health care amid the coronavirus pandemic, an organizer said Wednesday. Marcus Ellison, an organizer for BASE jumpers, told...

Vaccinations encouraged, not required at NC State Fair

Sep. 22, 2021 15:12 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — People attending the 2021 N.C. State Fair won't be required to be vaccinated for COVID-19, but it's strongly encouraged, officials said. Also, those going to the fair, which begins on Oct. 14, will be required to use clear plastic bags before...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Sep. 22, 2021 13:39 PM EDT

Charlotte Observer. Sept. 19, 2021. Editorial: What happens if NC Republicans defy the courts on schools funding? Superior Court Judge David Lee has set a mid-October deadline for state lawmakers to comply with rulings in the decades-long Leandro...

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta still may alter COVID-19 protocol

Sep. 20, 2021 10:49 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — City officials say they have not ruled out requiring proof of vaccination at next month's Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. The annual hot air balloon festival is back after being canceled last year because of COVID-19. ...

Greater Baton Rouge State Fair returns with food, rides, fun

Sep. 19, 2021 11:21 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Greater Baton Rouge State Fair returns after the COVID-19 pandemic squashed last year's event. “We feel that it is important for us to have an event this year,” Fair Chairman Cliff Barton said. “The COVID virus kept us from opening last...

Columbia bans open carry of guns at festivals and parades

Sep. 19, 2021 11:06 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's capital city will not allow people to carry guns in the open during protests, festivals or other events that need a city permit. The resolution passed unanimously earlier this month by the Columbia City Council also bans the open...

Festival season returns to Nepal amid declining COVID cases

Sep. 19, 2021 08:43 AM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Tens of thousands of devotees packed the old palace courtyard in the heart of Nepal's capital on Sunday to celebrate the feast of Indra Jatra, marking the return of the festival season in the Himalayan nation after it was scaled down because of the pandemic. ...

Hispanic Festival in Delaware celebrates culture, resilience

Sep. 18, 2021 09:10 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — People danced in the streets and watched from their doorsteps as passing parade floats serenaded Wilmington’s majority-Hispanic Hilltop neighborhood last Sunday with the booming tunes of bachata and reggaetón. Many donned capes made of flags...

Q&A: Jeff Ament feels alive again with Pearl Jam's return

Sep. 17, 2021 14:33 PM EDT

Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament came out of the band’s pandemic sabbatical — which he spent recording a solo album, painting and he dabbled in Olympics analysis with his friend Kenny Mayne — to catch some live music this summer. He saw Guns N’ Roses and Brandi Carlile rocking the stage...