Woodstock 50th anniversary coming to Watkins Glen

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Watkins Glen International will host the 50th anniversary of Woodstock Aug. 16-18, 2019.

The Woodstock Music and Art Fair back in 1969 drew hundreds of thousands of people to Bethel, New York. Fast forward 50 years later at Watkins Glen where up to 100,000 people are anticipated to attend. 

“You look back at Summer Jam, it’s going to be tough to top that one I think, but certainly it’s going to be right up there,” Chris Banker, Director of Communications at Watkins Glen International, said. “It’s going to be one of our biggest events of the year.”

Area hotels are already preparing for that weekend.

The Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel couldn’t comment, but their website shows Aug. 17 already fully booked. 

A little less than a mile away from WGI sit The Apex Inn Bed and Breakfast. They’ve already blocked the weekend off to reservations on the website considering the limited rooms available. 

The three-day festival has expectations to bring a large economic boost to the area. 

“Judging from previous concerts, we’re probably looking at $35 million to $50 million dollars to the local economy,” Banker said.

No official lineup for the concert series has been announced yet, but Lang told Rolling Stone that 40 guests have been booked. Tickets are anticipated to be available for sale by February. 

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