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.


A code enforcement officer denied Woodstock 50's permit Tuesday afternoon.

Vernon Town Attorney Vincent Rossi said the application did not include necessary details.

Rossi added that the town requires organizers to submit applications 120 days before an event of this size, rather than this late before the intended start date.

Despite the denied permit, Woodstock now has an opportunity to appeal the ruling. According to a statement from festival organizers, they will do just that.

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