Fairs and festivals

Revellers celebrate while waiting for the launch of the 'Chupinazo' rocket, to celebrate the official opening of the 2019 San Fermin fiestas with daily bull runs, bullfights, music and dancing in Pamplona, Spain, Saturday July 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
July 06, 2019 - 7:22 am
PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) — The blast of a traditional firework on Saturday opened nine days of uninterrupted partying in Pamplona's famed running of the bulls festival. A member of the northern city's official brass band was chosen for this year's launch of the rocket, known as the "Chupinazo," to mark...
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July 04, 2019 - 7:23 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Essence Festival's 25th "party with a purpose" has officially kicked off in New Orleans. Mayor Latoya Cantrell welcomed participants during a news conference Thursday at Ashe Cultural Center. She says over the past 25 years, the festival has generated nearly $4 billion in...
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July 02, 2019 - 4:52 pm
VERNON, N.Y. (AP) — A key local official says hosting the Woodstock 50 anniversary festival on short notice "could pose a significant challenge." A mass gathering permit application for the Vernon Downs harness track and casino in central New York was recently filed after operators of the original...
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July 01, 2019 - 7:01 pm
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FILE - In this July 7, 2018 file photo, Mary J. Blige performs at the 2018 Essence Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Blige will take part in the Essence Festival, marking 25 years of celebrating black excellence in business, fashion, entertainment and music. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)
July 01, 2019 - 1:36 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Essence Festival, which draws thousands to New Orleans during the fourth of July week, is celebrating 25 years of bringing African American women of all ages together for thought-proving conversation and performances from top musical acts. The festival was launched to mark...
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FILE - In this May 1, 2018, file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg makes the keynote speech at F8, Facebook's developer conference, in San Jose, Calif. Zuckerberg says the company is evaluating how it should handle “deepfake” videos created with artificial intelligence and high-tech tools to yield false but realistic clips. He said in an interview Wednesday, June 26, 2019 that it may make sense to treat such videos differently from other misinformation such as false news. Facebook has long held that it should not decide what is and isn’t true, leaving such calls instead to outside fact-checkers. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
June 26, 2019 - 8:20 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the company is evaluating how it should handle "deepfake" videos created with artificial intelligence and high-tech tools to yield false but realistic clips. In an interview at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado on Wednesday, Zuckerberg said...
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FILE - In this March 23, 2019, file photo, UCLA's Katelyn Ohashi competes on the floor, earning a 10, during the Pac-12 gymnastics championships in Salt Lake City. The former UCLA gymnast has committed to performing in the inaugural Aurora Games, an all-women’s sports and entertainment festival. The Aurora Games will be held Aug. 20-25 in Albany, N.Y., and feature about 150 world-class athletes, including Olympic medalists and national champions. (Rick Egan/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP, File)
June 26, 2019 - 10:25 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Former UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi will perform in the inaugural Aurora Games, an all-women's sports and entertainment festival. It's the first professional competition for the 22-year-old Ohashi, who finished college with 11 perfect 10s. She helped UCLA win the 2018 NCAA team...
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Image: City of Greer
June 25, 2019 - 4:00 am
Not your traditional Independence Day celebration! That's the way Greer's City Administrator describes Freedom Blast, the annual festival the city celebrates. The festival is marking its 11th year. This year, Freedom Blast, which happens on Saturday, June 29th at Greer City Park, will be sticking...
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June 24, 2019 - 7:07 pm
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Organizers of a culinary festival in North Carolina hope to cook up a new tradition honoring the history of Appalachia. The Post and Courier of Charleston reports the event called "Chow Chow" will be in Asheville from Sept. 12 to Sept. 15. It's named after a traditional sweet...
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June 24, 2019 - 11:04 am
VERNON, N.Y. (AP) — A smaller Woodstock 50 festival could possibly be held at an upstate New York harness track and casino. Town of Vernon Supervisor Randy Watson tells the Poughkeepsie Journal that Woodstock 50 has applied for a permit to hold its concert Aug. 16-18 at Vernon Downs, about 35 miles...
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