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West Springfield enacts mask mandate as Big E fair opens

Sep. 16, 2021 17:17 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Board of Health in West Springfield has approved an indoor mask mandate that takes effect the same day as the opening, for the first time in two years, of what's billed as the largest agricultural fair on the East Coast. The mask mandate starts Friday,...

Organizers reject bid to cancel West Virginia's Bridge Day

Sep. 16, 2021 07:20 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Organizers of West Virginia’s largest outdoor festival have rejected a move to cancel the event for the second straight year after Gov. Jim Justice encouraged it to continue. The Bridge Day Commission rejected 4-2 a proposal from one of its...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Sep. 15, 2021 15:22 PM EDT

New York Post. September 14, 2021. Editorial: There’s a reason Rikers is such a dangerous hellhole: De Blasio just doesn’t care Mayor Bill de Blasio all but admitted the obvious Tuesday: The Rikers jail complex is a dangerous, out-of-control,...

Dutch ditch social distancing, mandate COVID-19 passes

Sep. 14, 2021 14:44 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Social distancing will end in the Netherlands on Sept. 25, the same date that the government will begin mandating COVID-19 health passes to get into venues like bars, restaurants and theaters, caretaker Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Tuesday. ...

George Wein, Newport Jazz Festival co-founder who created a template for other influential festivals, has died at 95

Sep. 13, 2021 17:32 PM EDT
NEW YORK (AP) — George Wein, Newport Jazz Festival co-founder who created a template for other influential festivals, has died at 95.

West Virginia Book Festival will be virtual event

Sep. 13, 2021 04:03 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — This year's West Virginia Book Festival has decided to go virtual due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases, officials said. The free event will still be held Oct. 22-23 at the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center, but events will be...

Buffalo carved out of butter featured at Kansas State Fair

Sep. 12, 2021 17:23 PM EDT

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Kansas's state animal — the buffalo — is being celebrated at the State Fair this year with a 700-pound butter sculpture. The Hutchinson News reports that a sculptor from Iowa, Sarah Pratt, had to do some research on buffaloes before she...

Invasive insect spotted in 4-H entry at Kansas State Fair

Sep. 12, 2021 12:51 PM EDT

HUTCHINSTON, Kan. (AP) — Kansas State Fair officials judging the 4-H entomology entries last week discovered an invasive insect that prompted quarantines elsewhere. Fair Board member Gregg Hadley the student who caught the bug didn't know it had prompted quarantines in...

New vegan options at State Fair leads to ethical debate

Sep. 11, 2021 01:03 AM EDT

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — The State Fair was back this year with some big new vendors and a variety of more inclusive food, including vegan items. Of the nine new vendors, four serve vegan options, including the ChoriPop at Midtown Global Market’s Andy’s Garage,...

State Fair final attendance: 1.3M, far below 2019 record

Sep. 07, 2021 18:39 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota State Fair wrapped up its 12-day run with total attendance of about 1.3 million, well below usual numbers as the delta variant kept many fairgoers away. The coronavirus wiped out the 2020 state fair, and this year's comeback returned...