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Woodstock 50 again denied permit with festival weeks away

Members of Jefferson Starship (L-R) Paul Kantner, Cathy Richardson, Slick Aguilar and David Frieberg perform at the concert marking the 40th anniversary of the Woodstock music festival August 15, 2009 in Bethel, New York. On August 15-17 in 1969 an estimated 400,000 music fans gathered on Max Yasgur's farm in Bethel, New York for one of the most celebrated music festivals ever. The 40th anniversary concert will take place tonight. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) 7-2-2019

VERNON, N.Y. (AP) — Woodstock 50 organizers have again been denied a permit to hold a three-day festival at an upstate New York horse track.

Town of Vernon officials say Monday the permit application for a festival Aug. 16-18 at the Vernon Downs racetrack and casino was filed too late and was rife with problems.

Vernon became a possible alternative site for Woodstock 50 after the original venue, Watkins Glen International, pulled out.

But 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 spokeswoman for Woodstock 50 said they had no comment.

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

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