Town of Vernon denies Woodstock 50 application for Vernon Downs

Lawrence Kim
July 11, 2019

"Woodstock 50 believes certain political forces may be working against the resurrection of the festival", said a statement issued by Sallie Hofmeister of Sitrick & Company, a big communications firm in Los Angeles.

An upstate NY sheriff says bringing the Woodstock 50 anniversary festival to a local horse track on short notice could be a safety risk.

The permit denial follows a crowded Vernon town meeting Monday night where the county's head of emergency services reportedly called the festival a "recipe for disaster". "With a venue chosen, financing assembled and numerous artist's supporting Woodstock's 50th Anniversary event, the organizers are hopeful that their appeal and reapplication tonight will prevail without further political interference".

The promoters of the troubled Woodstock 50 concert blame unnamed "political forces" for the denial of their request to hold the festival at Vernon Downs in mid-August.

An upstate NY town has denied a permit to stage the Woodstock 50 festival at a local horse track, saying the application is too late and incomplete. But they said Tuesday that type of permit was not required since there will be no camping.

Watkins Glen in June pulled out, throwing the festival into further uncertainty after the original investors withdrew their support, citing problems with permits and arranging security and sanitation.

Woodstock 50 announced in March that more than 80 musical acts, including 1969 festival veterans John Fogerty, Canned Heat and Santana, would take part.

Attorney Vincent Rossi says Woodstock's permit application to the town was bare bones, as in, one page with a signature and not a spec of detail.

Woodstock 50 said it plans to file an appeal with the town planning board.

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