Last weekend’s cancellation of the Phish Curveball Festival at Watkins Glen International means a loss of about $30 million dollars for the region, according to WGI President Michael Printup. The festival was expected to draw 30,000 people to the racetrack for the Vermont jam band.
When the event was cancelled because of the boil water order issued for the village of Watkins Glen last Thursday afternoon, 12,000 people had already arrived and were camping at the track. Printup tells the USA Today Network they will spend about a month cleaning up the site and repairing damage to grounds because of the mud, dirt, and ruts that were left from breaking down the festival site.
Another festival is set to begin tomorrow and run through Sunday and there is no worries about this one being cancelled. Tomorrow afternoon the campers will begin rolling into Lodi for the 21st annual “Pickin’ in the Pasture” Bluegrass Festival. One of this year’s headliners is Ralph Stanley, the Second.
Pickin’ In The Pasture hosts some of the finest professional bluegrass entertainment in the country. Pickin’ In The Pasture is known as “the destination” for traditional bluegrass music in NY State by the many fans that return year after year. The gates will open by noon on Wednesday at 2515 Covert Road between Lodi and Interlaken.