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After Unrest At 2014 N.H. Pumpkin Fest, This Year's Event Aims For Jack-O-Lantern Record In New City

Lindsay Cota-Robles, left, and Tiffany Benton work to prepare about 4,000 pumpkins to be carved for Saturday's pumpkin festival on Friday in Laconia, N.H. The festival was held in Keene since 1991, but last year's event turned violent, with alcohol-fueled parties nearby leading to injuries, property damage and more than 100 arrests. (Jim Cole/AP)
Lindsay Cota-Robles, left, and Tiffany Benton work to prepare about 4,000 pumpkins to be carved for Saturday's pumpkin festival on Friday in Laconia, N.H. The festival was held in Keene since 1991, but last year's event turned violent, with alcohol-fueled parties nearby leading to injuries, property damage and more than 100 arrests. (Jim Cole/AP)
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A pumpkin festival aiming to set a jack-o-lantern record is underway in a new location a year after violence and arrests prompted its move from its longtime host city.

The New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival in Laconia is trying to break the record of more than 30,500 lit jack-o-lanterns on Saturday.

The festival was previously held in Keene. Last year's violence started at alcohol-fueled parties linked to Keene State College and most of the 100-plus people arrested were students.

As a result, the Keene City Council rejected a permit for 2015.

Laconia officials say hosting an annual motorcycle week that attracts thousands is assurance they can manage public safety for the festival.

The festival in Keene had wrested the jack-o-lantern record from Boston in 2013.

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