The fate of the Keene Pumpkin Festival rests with the City Council, which could vote against holding the annual fall tradition that was overshadowed by nearby violent disturbances last year.
The city's Planning, Licensing and Development Committee has twice rejected a permit request for the festival. The matter now goes before the council, which meets at 7 p.m. Thursday.
The nonprofit group running the festival, Let It Shine, wants the city to develop a security plan for the festival. That's estimated to cost more than $300,000.
Last year, more than 100 people were arrested after alcohol-fueled parties got out of hand near the festival, leading to property destruction and injuries. Police in riot gear used tear gas and pepper balls to control crowds.