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One of the photos released by the Keene Police Department in their effort to engage the public's help in identifying riotersNHPR's coverage of the October 2014 riots in Keene, N.H. during the city's annual Pumpkin Festival.

Pumpkin Fest Wants To Share Responsibilities, Costs For Festival Security

Let It Shine, Inc.

The organizers of the Keene Pumpkin Fest have proposed a new public safety arrangement for next year’s event.

The organizers only want to be responsible for safety and security within the festival’s footprint.

In a Facebook post, Let It Shine, Inc. – the Pumpkin Festival’s non-profit organizer – said in 2015 it would like the city of Keene and Keene State College to take charge of controlling rowdy college students in neighborhoods near the event.

In exchange, the group agreed to not request financial help from the city. Last year Keene contributed $52,000 dollars toward the event, and $35,000 the year before.

In the same post, Let It Shine agreed to pay nearly two-thirds of a $90,000 dollar bill for police overtime. incurred during this year's Pumpkin Fest Riots. It says “others” should pay the rest.

The city council would have the final say on this proposal before it grants Let It Shine a permit to host the 2015 Pumpkin Fest.

Sam Evans-Brown has been working for New Hampshire Public Radio since 2010, when he began as a freelancer. He shifted gears in 2016 and began producing Outside/In, a podcast and radio show about “the natural world and how we use it.” His work has won him several awards, including two regional Edward R. Murrow awards, one national Murrow, and the Overseas Press Club of America's award for best environmental reporting in any medium. He studied Politics and Spanish at Bates College, and before reporting was variously employed as a Spanish teacher, farmer, bicycle mechanic, ski coach, research assistant, a wilderness trip leader and a technical supporter.
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