Woodstock 50 holds open house a day ahead of appeal for festival

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VERNON, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) – Woodstock 50 organizers hoped to change some people’s minds the day before an appeal to see if the show will go on.

Monday night, organizers had an open house at the hopeful location for the festival, Vernon Downs.

About 50 people, including media and organizers, attended.

Neighbors shared the same concerns that so many others have had throughout this process: the number of people expected to attend, alcohol being sold and potential property damage to nearby homes.

Woodstock 50 organizers assured those in attendance those concerns would be met. Security will keep those at the festival will make sure they don’t wander off. Assurance was given that the impact on traffic and overall containment of the festival would be taken care of.

“The greater good for the community is important here and a little discomfort for a couple of days– the amount of impact it will have, positive impact it will have on the area is well worth it,” said Woodstock co-founder Michael Lang.

Woodstock 50 is expecting 65,000 people, though tickets have not gone on sale.

The target start date is August 16th.

Local law-enforcement, including the Oneida County Sheriff have doubts about the festival and the plan to keep people safe.

“I need to see rock solid proof that this is going to be a safe event and a well-planned event and you know what less than 30 days to plan an event of this magnitude. It is not safe for the public,” said Sheriff Robert Maciol.

Woodstock 50 organizers are appealing the Town of Vernon’s decision to deny their permit and have submitted a 500-page expanded plan.

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