Town of Vernon denies Woodstock 50 application

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The town of Vernon denied the promoters of Woodstock 50 an application to hold the festival at Vernon Downs, according to the town’s attorney.

According to our sisterstation WSYR, “the promoters can now go to the Town of Vernon Planning Board to ask for a review of the Code Enforcement Departments ruling.” 

The promoters 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 it was improperly denied a permit.

“Woodstock 50 has informed the Department that the event they are planning for August at Vernon Downs in Oneida County will not include camping nor any other overnight accommodations and therefore, under regulations, would not require a Mass Gathering Permit. Woodstock 50 must meet the requirements under New York State Sanitary Code Part-18, Public Functions With Attendance of Over 5,000 People, and obtain a permit. The information submitted by Woodstock 50 is being evaluated by the New York State Department of Health, in collaboration with Oneida County and other state and local officials.”

Woodstock 50 was originally scheduled to be held in Schuyler County at Watkins Glen International before financier Dentsu Aegis pulled financial support for the festival.

Watkins Glen International pulled out of their contract with the festival after tickets were not sold and a health department application was not approved.

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