Woodstock 50, against nearly every obstacle imaginable, refuses to go gentle into that good night and has now announced it has applied for a new site for the festival.
Per The Poughkeepsie Journal, organizers have applied for permits for Vernon Downs, a racino (a hotel/harness horse racing track) in Oneida County, New York. The venue holds significantly fewer people – about 45,000-50,000 – than the original site of Watkins Glen International, which estimated around 70,000 capacity.
Even if the Woodstock 50 organizers get the necessary permits for Vernon Downs, there’s another issue at hand: Vernon Downs doesn’t have grounds for on-site camping. There are two campground locations nearby, but attendees would need to take shuttle buses to Vernon Downs.
Oneida County officials need to approve the permits, but they better act quickly. Woodstock 50 is still scheduled for August 16-18, but tickets have yet to go on sale.
Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.