Vernon Rejects ‘Woodstock 50’ Music Festival Appeal

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ASSOCIATED PRESS –  An upstate New York town has rejected the appeal of its denial of a permit to hold the Woodstock 50 music festival.

The Town of Vernon’s planning board made its unanimous decision Tuesday night, exactly a month before the festival’s start.

AP Photo/Kevin Rivoli, File

FILE – This March 30, 2004 file photo, shows the grand stands at Vernon Downs in Verona, N.Y. Oneida County Sheriff Rob Maciol is among the local officials and residents expressing concerns about upstate New York’s Vernon Downs harness track and casino hosting the 50th anniversary Woodstock festival Aug. 16-18. 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. (AP Photo/Kevin Rivoli, File)

The town denied a permit application last week for a festival Aug. 16-18 at the Vernon Downs racetrack and casino.

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente, Jr. said he was pleased with the decision, citing “inadequate planning and a dangerously truncated timeframe.”

Woodstock 50 president Greg Peck told the Poughkeepsie Journal organizers “may be getting some guidance” from the planning board chairman “to reapply in the morning.”

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