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Fantasy Fest in Florida Keys canceled because of coronavirus

Jul. 10, 2020 4:15 AM EDT

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — The risk of coronavirus transmission has prompted organizers in the Florida Keys to cancel this year's Fantasy Fest. Key West's annual masking and costuming festival had been scheduled for Oct. 16-25, but festival director Nadene Grossman Orr said Thursday that the 41st edition will...

Kansas State Fair board will reconsider holding event

Jul. 9, 2020 6:02 PM EDT

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — The chances of the Kansas State Fair being held this year are looking less likely after a large number of vendors backed out or expressed trepidation. The Hutchinson News reports that the fair's board will meet Monday to reconsider its decision to hold the event in September....

Annual Virginia Beach festival canceled for first time

Jul. 9, 2020 2:46 PM EDT

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Organizers of an annual festival on the Virginia coast have announced that in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the three-day event scheduled for September has been canceled. An announcement on its web page said the Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend, set for Sept. 25-27, was...

West Virginia Pumpkin Festival canceled due to pandemic

Jul. 9, 2020 4:25 AM EDT

MILTON, W.Va. (AP) — A popular pumpkin festival in West Virginia has been canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The West Virginia Pumpkin Festival board voted Tuesday to call off this year's festival in Milton. “The board is heartbroken over this decision,” the festival said on...

2020 Washington State Fair canceled due to the coronavirus

Jul. 8, 2020 8:03 PM EDT

PUYALLUP, Wash. (AP) — The 2020 Washington State Fair has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Fair CEO Kent Hojem said in a video on the event’s website the decision to cancel the September event was made after thoughtful consideration. He said at its core the fair is a...

Indiana on course for school reopenings despite virus jumps

Jul. 8, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana officials showed no signs Wednesday of slowing down school reopenings that are just weeks away even as the state has been seeing higher rates of people testing positive and being hospitalized for the coronavirus. Some Indiana school districts are poised to resume classes with...

COVID-19 antibody testing and diagnostic testing are administered at a converted vehicle inspection station, Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in San Antonio. Local officials across Texas say their hospitals are becoming increasingly stretched and are in danger of becoming overrun as cases of the coronavirus surge. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Texas passes 10,000 confirmed new virus cases in single day

Jul. 8, 2020 12:02 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas surpassed 10,000 new coronavirus cases in a single day Tuesday for the first time, crossing a sobering milestone rarely seen since the pandemic first hit the U.S. in March. The record high of 10,028 new cases in Texas served as another alarming new measure of the swift...

Raleigh to cancel, postpone 5 events amid virus outbreak

Jul. 8, 2020 9:27 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The city council of North Carolina’s capital city has voted to cancel or postpone parades, road races and festivals that were scheduled to be held in the city through October due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Raleigh City Council's vote on Tuesday will affect five events,...

Kentucky State Fair announces concert performers

Jul. 8, 2020 4:18 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Next month's Kentucky State Fair will include concerts from 24 bands over 11 nights. The State Fair on Tuesday announced the acts for the concert series from Aug. 20 to 30. All concerts are free with paid gate admission to the fair at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville. Among the...

Ricardo Zapata, left, a photographer for the Los Angeles Angels, has his temperature taken by Sarah Morris before entering Angels Stadium for baseball practice on Monday, July 6, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. New protocols like temperature checks, social distancing, and limiting amount of people allowed in sports venues have been put in place due to the spread of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

The Latest: Kansas City's Keller and O'Hearn test positive

Jul. 7, 2020 4:51 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Kansas City Royals say right-hander Brad Keller and first baseman Ryan O’Hearn have tested positive for COVID-19. The 24-year-old Keller is in his third season with Kansas City after joining the organization as a...