Locals worry about Woodstock 50 coming on short notice

VERNON, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York sheriff says bringing the Woodstock 50 anniversary festival to a local horse track on short notice could be a safety risk.

Opponents of the festival packed a Vernon town board meeting Monday night. Some worried about 65,000 people coming to the rural area Aug. 16-18.

Oneida County Sheriff Rob Maciol told the crowd it would be impossible to ensure public safety in about 40 days. That echoes concerns of other local officials.

A permit application for the Vernon Downs harness track and casino was recently filed after operators of the original festival site in Watkins Glen pulled out last month.

Woodstock 50 says it is working with officials on plans that will result in “a safe, world-class festival.”

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