Latest Fairs and festivals News

Apple detectives comb US Northwest for ‘lost’ varieties

Nov. 20, 2019 5:24 PM EST

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — The apple tree stands alone near the top of a steep hill, wind whipping through its branches as a perfect sunset paints its leaves a vibrant gold. It has been there for more than a century, and there is no hint that the tree or its apples are anything out of the ordinary. But this...

After 6 years, refugee writer tastes freedom in New Zealand

Nov. 20, 2019 12:36 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — For the first time in six years, Behrouz Boochani feels like a free man. When he arrived in New Zealand last week, he simply wanted to smoke a cigarette and take a long walk down the street. Instead of feeling like he is always running, a new feeling has overtaken him:...

Domingo to sing at 100th anniversary Salzburg Festival

Nov. 13, 2019 1:30 PM EST

Plácido Domingo is scheduled to sing two concert performances in Verdi's "I Vespri Siciliani (The Sicilian Vespers)" next summer as part of the 100th anniversary Salzburg Festival, which features 221 performances over 44 days and includes seven staged operas. Domingo, who turns 79 in January, was dropped or...

Lawsuit: California festival didn't plan for active shooter

Nov. 13, 2019 6:50 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Organizers of a Northern California food festival where a gunman killed three people and wounded 13 others didn't consider the risk of an active shooter, according to a lawsuit from five injured victims. Santino William Legan cut through a fence at the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival on...

Pot or not? Busts highlight growing confusion over hemp

Nov. 9, 2019 7:12 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The CBD craze might be leaving the war on drugs a bit dazed and confused. The extract that's been showing up in everything from candy to coffee is legally derived from hemp plants, which look and smell an awful lot like that other cannabis — marijuana. They're so similar, police...

Swine fever: New Indonesian festival celebrates pigs

Nov. 8, 2019 10:12 PM EST

LAKE TOBA, Indonesia (AP) — Christian residents in Muslim-majority Indonesia's remote Lake Toba region have launched a new festival celebrating pigs that they say is a response to efforts to promote halal tourism in the area. The festival features competitions in barbecuing, pig calling and pig catching as...

Essence Fest staying in New Orleans

Nov. 5, 2019 6:04 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Essence Festival will be returning to New Orleans for at least the next five years. News outlets report New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell and Gov. John Bel Edwards on Monday announced the contract extension to 2024. This year's festival, the 25th overall, was the last under the...

Bus falls into river in Nepal, killing 17 and injuring 50

Nov. 3, 2019 10:31 PM EST

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — An overcrowded bus drove off a mountain highway and crashed in a river in Nepal, killing 17 people and injuring 50 more, a police official said Monday. The bus was packed with people returning from festivals and appeared to have a mechanical problem before skidding off the highway...

National Peanut Festival opens in southeast Alabama

Nov. 2, 2019 12:47 PM EDT

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) — An event that bills itself as the world's largest celebration of the peanut is under way in Alabama. The National Peanut Festival opened Friday in Dothan and continues through next Saturday with rides, exhibits, music and agricultural competitions. Now in its 76th year, the festival...

Burnouts on Hollywood Blvd: F1 drivers bring racing to LA

Oct. 30, 2019 8:55 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Daniel Ricciardo visited Los Angeles for the first time about five years ago after his cousin moved here, and the Renault driver quickly realized he felt right at home. He even bought a big house in the Hollywood hills last year. Although Formula One keeps him in Europe for most of the...