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Organizers once again denied a permit to host Woodstock 50 festival at upstate New York horse track

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Posted at 2:55 AM, Jul 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-23 02:55:54-04

VERNON, N.Y. (AP) — Organizers looking to host a festival celebrating the 50th anniversary of "An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace and Music," more commonly referred to as Woodstock, have once again been denied a permit.

Officials in the town of Vernon, just 25 minutes west of Utica, said on Monday that a permit application to host the festival from August 16th-18th at the Vernon Downs Casino Hotel and racetrack was filed too late and had too many issues.

Vernon was chosen as an alternative to the original site of Watkins Glen International, after the racetrack pulled out.

Local officials have repeatedly denied permit applications amid concerns about planning for up to 65,000 people coming to this largely rural area on short notice.

A spokesperson for Woodstock 50 did not any comments.

The festival has faced a series of setbacks, including the losses of a financial partner and a production company.