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Griffo weighs in on Vernon Downs-Woodstock 50 filing

A smaller Woodstock 50 festival could possibly be held at the Vernon Downs harness track and casino.

Posted: Jun 24, 2019 11:26 AM
Updated: Jun 25, 2019 9:56 AM

VERNON, N.Y. (UPDATE) - A smaller Woodstock 50 festival could possibly be held at an upstate New York harness track and casino.

State Senator Joe Griffo has since weighed in on the possible move.

“I believe that, if the opportunity presents itself and track ownership, the community and town officials are receptive to the idea, Vernon Downs hosting Woodstock 50 could be a positive for the area", Griffo said. "Such an event has the potential bring world-class entertainment to Oneida County while also providing an economic boost to and increased exposure for the region. Should Woodstock 50 choose Vernon Downs, it is equally important that all proper procedures and protocols are put into place to ensure the safety of attendees and an enjoyable experience for all”, Griffo added.

Town of Vernon Supervisor Randy Watson tells the Poughkeepsie Journal that Woodstock 50 has applied for a permit to hold its concert Aug. 16-18 at Vernon Downs. NewsChannel 2 first reported the permit application last week.

Watson said the proposed capacity was 45,000-50,000 people - far smaller than the 150,000 planned for at the initial venue, Watkins Glen International.

Woodstock concert promoters had no comment Monday.

Vernon Downs owner Jeffrey Gural said in an email to The Associated Press Monday that they're close to signing a letter of intent and could host up to 65,000 people.

The festival has faced a series of setbacks, including Watkins Glen pulling out earlier this month.

(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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VERNON, N.Y. (AP) - A smaller Woodstock 50 festival could possibly be held at an upstate New York harness track and casino.

Town of Vernon Supervisor Randy Watson tells the Poughkeepsie Journal that Woodstock 50 has applied for a permit to hold its concert Aug. 16-18 at Vernon Downs. NewsChannel 2 first reported the permit application last week.

Watson said the proposed capacity was 45,000-50,000 people - far smaller than the 150,000 planned for at the initial venue, Watkins Glen International.

Woodstock concert promoters had no comment Monday.

Vernon Downs owner Jeffrey Gural said in an email to The Associated Press Monday that they're close to signing a letter of intent and could host up to 65,000 people.

The festival has faced a series of setbacks, including Watkins Glen pulling out earlier this month.

(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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