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Town that denied Woodstock 50 permit ready to hear appeal

July 12, 2019 GMT

VERNON, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York town that denied a permit to stage the Woodstock 50 festival at a local horse track is poised to hear an appeal from organizers.

Town of Vernon attorney Vincent Rossi says the planning board is set to hear an appeal Tuesday night.

The town denied a permit application on Tuesday for a festival Aug. 16-18 at the Vernon Downs racetrack and casino. Residents and some local officials had voiced concerns about preparing for a big festival on short notice.

Vernon Downs emerged as a possible site for Woodstock 50 after the original venue, Watkins Glen International, pulled out last month.


A festival at Vernon Downs could host up to 65,000 people, as opposed to the 150,000 planned for Watkins Glen, and it would not feature camping.