It’s Final: No Woodstock 50 At Vernon Downs
We're right back where we started, and again, the answer is a big fat NO for Woodstock 50 at Vernon Downs.
The Vernon town planning board voted unanimously to decline the application for a three day Woodstock 50 festival. NewYorkUpstate reports Michael Lang, who has promoted all three previous Woodstock festivals, including the original in 1969, as saying they won’t sue.
“We wouldn’t want the town to suffer,” Lang said.
WIBX reports Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente issued this statement on the Town of Vernon Planning Board’s decision on a Woodstock 50 permit:
“I’m pleased with the decision of the Town of Vernon Planning Board to uphold the town codes officer’s decision denying Woodstock 50 a permit. As I’ve said earlier, inadequate planning and a dangerously truncated timeframe made having this event in less than 30 days from today impossible and irresponsible.”
This is probably the end of the road for the Woodstock 50 concert as, the production company, Virgin Produced, has also pulled the plug. NewYorkUpstate quotes them as saying "It has become apparent that time has expired.”
As per WKTV, Woodstock 50 released the following statement in response to the decision.
"Woodstock 50 is disappointed that the Town of Vernon has passed up the opportunity to hold the historic 50th Anniversary Festival by denying our robust and thoughtful proposal. We regret that those in Vernon who supported Woodstock have been deprived of the once-in-a-lifetime chance to be part of the rebirth of a cultural peace movement that changed the world in 1969 and is what the world needs now. We want to thank the artists who stood by us. We are grateful for the support of Vernon Downs and its generous owner Jeffrey Gural."
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