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Woodstock Music and Arts Fair 2019

Woodstock 50 Organizers Appeal Permit Rejection

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VERNON, NY (CelebrityAccess) — Organizers for the Woodstock 50 Festival announced they plan to pursue an appeal of their rejected temporary event application with the town of Vernon.

“Woodstock 50 this morning appealed a decision by the Town of Vernon to turn down a permit needed to hold its 50th Anniversary Festival at Vernon Downs. We also have submitted a comprehensive new application that is nearly 500 pages in length that spells out in great detail our plans for security, traffic and medical emergencies,” organizers said a statement to CelebrityAccess.

On Tuesday, the town’s code enforcement official announced that the town ha rejected the permit following a town meeting where several local safety officials raised concerns about the ability of festival organizers to stage a safe event with just over 30 days to go.

However, a spokesperson for the festival reiterated previous statements that festival organizers do not believe the town had a justifiable reason to reject the permit and underscored the purported economic impact of the festival on the region’s economy.

“We believe there was no legal reason for the Town to turn down the original permit application. We hope that for the good of the local and regional economy of central New York and for the health of the Town’s largest employer, Vernon Downs, officials will grant the requested permit on an expedited basis and agree to host what will be a safe, world-class and historic event,” the spokesperson said.

Update: A spokesperson for Woodstock said the Town of Vernon has agreed to schedule a hearing for the appeal as soon as possible.

“Woodstock 50 looks forward to formally presenting in person its application to the Town of Vernon at a meeting that officials agreed late Thursday to schedule imminently, once they have had sufficient time to review our exhaustive plan,” the spokesperson said.

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