Keene Officials Clash With Pumpkin Festival Organizers

Feb 16, 2015

Police responding to last year's riot in Keene.
Credit Courtesy Kaitlyn Coogan / Keene Sentinel

  Let It Shine, the group that organizes the Keen Pumpkin Festival, and city officials are at an impasse as this year’s festival hangs in the balance.

After the riot that took place during last years’ pumpkin festival, Let It Shine was saddled with an unusually high bill due to the added police response needed to control the disturbance.

It has already paid about $60,000 of the $90,000 bill and is now asking the city for approval to move forward with this year’s festival.

The city says Let It Shine first needs to pay the remaining $30,000. But Let It Shine plans to fundraise the outstanding balance—a task it argues will be more difficult when it cannot promise a 2015 pumpkin festival.