Keene Pumpkin Festival Organizer Hit With $90K Bill From City For Overtime Costs

Dec 23, 2014

Credit Courtesy Kaitlyn Coogan / Keene Sentinel

The group that organizes the Keene Pumpkin Festival says it will review a $90,000 bill for overtime costs related to riots that happened near the festival this October.

City officials say the bill is to pay for police, firefighters and public works employees who had to stay to deal with the mayhem that ensued a few blocks away from the festival.

Ruth Sterling organizes the event for the nonprofit group Let It Shine, and says its board will meet next week to decide how to move forward.

She did not say whether the group plans to pay the bill.

Keene officials say the total cost of overtime that weekend was nearly $147,000, of which the city contributed $57,000.

Police arrested dozens of college-aged adults, including several Keene State students, for their alleged role in the riots.