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Town of Vernon denies Woodstock 50's third application

Several elected officials, including the Oneida County executive and sheriff, have have been vocal about their opposition to the concert at Vernon Downs.

Posted: Jul 22, 2019 3:56 PM
Updated: Jul 22, 2019 5:20 PM

VERNON, N.Y. -- Town of Vernon codes officials have rejected Woodstock 50’s third application for a permit, according to the town's attorney. 

The third attempt at getting a permit for the three-day 50th anniversary festival was denied after two others were rejected, along with an appeal. 

Several elected officials, including the Oneida County executive and sheriff, have have been vocal about their opposition to the concert at Vernon Downs saying it would be too difficult to properly plan for in such a short amount of time.

Here are some of the key reason for the most recent denial, according to the town attorney:

  • Too late – Application filed after 120 day deadline
  • Town wasn’t sure who exactly is responsible for the application
  • Public health and safety concerns for an event that size
  • Security concerns for the perimeter of the event
  • Traffic and parking concerns

The event is supposed to be held from August 16 through August 18, but tickets have yet to be sold. 

WKTV organizers reached out to Woodstock 50 organizers, who say they don't have a comment at this time. 

App users, click here to read the full denial letter in your browser. 

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