Woodstock 50 organizers lost their appeal to hold the event at Vernon Downs racetrack in Vernon, New York. Town officials initially denied the request last week but gave promoters five days to appeal. Tuesday night, town officials voted unanimously to deny the request again. “Woodstock 50 is disappointed that the Town of Vernon has passed up the opportunity to hold the historic 50th Anniversary Festival by denying our robust and thoughtful proposal,” promoters said in a statement.
A variety of issues have plagued the event since plans for the festival were announced in March, including the original financial backer pulling out and Watkins Glen speedway terminating the organizers’ license for the site, prompting the change of proposed venue to Vernon Downs. Given that organizers now have just 29 days to secure a new festival site, the chances of Woodstock 50 happening still appear to be very slim indeed, but they’re still considering their options.