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Louisiana prison to hold crafts fair since rodeo canceled

Oct. 24, 2021 11:16 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — With the latest COVID-19 surge ebbing, the Louisiana State Penitentiary has created a one-day arts and crafts fair to partly make up for the pandemic-prompted cancellation of its rodeo. “Because of waning infection rates and increasing...

Latin American festival connects Gastonia Latino residents

Oct. 24, 2021 00:14 AM EDT

The city of Gastonia ended Hispanic Heritage Month on Saturday with its first Latin American Festival, connecting Gaston County’s growing Latino community with resources and other residents. “We wanted to create an event where all the resources that are available to...

Few coronavirus cases tied to Big E fair, so far

Oct. 20, 2021 13:26 PM EDT

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The Big E fair in Massachusetts that ended earlier this month drew nearly 1.5 million visitors over 17 days, yet only 100 confirmed coronavirus cases have so far been connected to the event, health officials said Wednesday. Some people...

Liz Weston: How the toy shortage could affect your holidays

Oct. 18, 2021 07:20 AM EDT

Many popular toys may sell out long before the holidays, thanks to ongoing pandemic-related disruptions. This could be a disaster — or a great opportunity to reshape how we celebrate. We can shop earlier and more thoughtfully, resisting the last-minute scramble for...

Mounted patrol takes police work to new heights

Oct. 17, 2021 11:40 AM EDT

DERIDDER, La. (AP) — A mounted patrol division is being re-established in a southwest Louisiana parish to provide better service to residents, especially those living in the area's hardest-to-reach terrain. Beauregard Parish Sheriff Mark Herford said the seven-member...

State Fair returns after pandemic hiatus but attendance down

Oct. 16, 2021 15:05 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Attendance at this year's New Mexico State Fair dropped by about two-fifths from the 2019 fair, the last before the 2020 event was canceled because of the pandemic. State Fair General Manager Dan Mourning said Friday that 275,467 people attended...

New Zealand dispenses record number of jabs at 'Vaxathon'

Oct. 16, 2021 00:53 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand health care workers administered a record number of vaccine jabs Saturday as the nation held a festival aimed at getting more people inoculated against the coronavirus. Musicians, sports stars and celebrities pitched in for the...

Sandwich-themed New Orleans festival put off due to COVID-19

Oct. 15, 2021 17:32 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A November festival dedicated to New Orleans’ signature sandwich is being postponed until next year. The decision by organizers to postpone the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival was announced Friday. It was made as Louisiana is coming off its fourth —...

Popular hula competition still uncertain because of pandemic

Oct. 15, 2021 14:52 PM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Plans for the world's most prestigious hula competition remain uncertain because of the pandemic. In normal times, thousands of people from around the world descend on Hilo on the Big Island for the Merrie Monarch Festival. The event is often...

Nearly 1-ton pumpkin sets record at North Carolina fair

Oct. 15, 2021 08:44 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The record-setting pumpkin at this year’s North Carolina State Fair can make a lot of pies. A news release from the fair on Thursday says Chris Rodebaugh of Lewisburg, West Virginia, set a record with a 1,965.5-pound (891 kg) pumpkin. That’s...