Woodstock 50 promoters to appeal Town of Vernon’s denial of a permit for music festival

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VERNON, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — The promoters of Woodstock 50 say they will appeal the Town of Vernon’s denial of an application for a permit to hold the music festival at Vernon Downs next month.

After the application was denied Town attorney Vincent Rossi told NewsChannel 9 that the promoters have the option to go to the Town of Vernon Planning Board to ask for a review of the Code Enforcement Department’s ruling. The promoters of Woodstock 50 have five days to submit that appeal.

If the planning board agrees with the Town of Vernon, promoters of Woodstock 50 could go to court if they think they were improperly denied the permit.

Woodstock 50 is scheduled to held August 16th-August 18th.   The event was originally supposed to be held at Watkins Glen. The owners of the race track canceled the contract after the main investor for the event pulled the funding for the music festival.

Tuesday night a spokesperson for the Woodstock 50 promoters issued the following statement:

“In response to the denial of an event permit by the Town of Vernon, Woodstock 50 believes certain political forces may be working against the resurrection of the Festival. Local reports claim Woodstock’s filing for the permit was “incomplete” but that is not the case. Woodstock 50 officials were informed by the Town of Vernon that most questions had been answered and asked only that Woodstock submit medical, safety/security and traffic plans by this past Sunday, which it did. With a venue chosen, financing assembled and many of the artist’s supporting Woodstock’s 50th Anniversary event, the organizers are hopeful that their appeal and reapplication tonight will prevail without further political interference.”


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