Woodstock 50 promoter Michael Lang addresses concerns on “Frankly Speaking”

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Woodstock 50 promoter and the co-founder of the original Woodstock Michael Lang was a guest on “Frankly Speaking” on News Talk 1230/1450 AM and 106.9FM Thursday morning as part of the Woodstock 50 Radio Forum.

Lang offered words of encouragement to a skeptical community and answered questions regarding the potential financial burden on the Village of Watkins Glen.

An event in the works since 2016, Lang wanted to make sure Woodstock remained in New York and was at a large enough venue to sustain the crowd expected to descend upon The Glen.

“I always felt that Woodstock belongs in New York,” said Lang. 

Lang took questions from New York State Assemblyman Phil Palmesano and U.S. Congressman Tom Reed regarding the financial and safety concerns being raised in the community.

All of the public services required for the festival (fire, police, cleanup, etc.) would be paid for by the festival, said Lang. He also noted that the festival is “heavily insured” and would be able to cover any damages that could occur.

Local vendors and residents will be a big part of the festival, and at a public forum, the promoters said that local vendors will have the first opportunity to get their products inside the festival. Residents will also have the opportunity to volunteer at the festival.

The campground will open up for visitors on Wednesday, and Land said those campers will be out by Monday. 

Tickets will go on sale on April 22 on the Woodstock 50 website.

Anyone with questions regarding Woodstock 50 can contact the organizers through email at neighbors@woodstock50.com.

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