The Town of Vernon says 'no' to the appeal of its denial of a permit to hold the Woodstock 50 music festival.

(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The Planning Board’s decision was unanimous July 16, exactly one month before the Woodstock anniversary music festival was scheduled to start.

The decision follows the appeal of the Town’s denial of the permit last week to hold Woodstock 50 August 16 to the 18th at the Vernon Downs racetrack and casino.

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente, Junior applauded the Planning Board vote saying the planning was "inadequate” and the time frame too short to prepare for security needed for the event.

Woodstock 50 president Greg Peck told the Poughkeepsie Journal organizers "may be getting some guidance" from the planning board chairman to reapply.

Vernon Downs was courted as a possible new site for Woodstock 50 after the original venue, Watkins Glen International, pulled out.

The festival has also seen a loss of financial backers over the course of the past several months.

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