Yasgur’s Farm Campsite Shutdown Before Bethel Phish Shows
The ongoing dispute between the town of Bethel, NY and the owners of the Yasgur’s Farm campsite has finally come to an end. As many had predicted, the campground has closed its doors and have already begun turning people away.
Many fans heading to this weekend’s Phish performances in Bethel, NY were planning to stay at Yasgur’s Farm. The campground had charged campers $50 for entry, which also included access to performances by multiple bands. Fans who booked with Yasgur’s are encouraged to seek out alternative means of accommodation before heading to Bethel.
A message posted on Yasgur’s Farm owner Jeryl Abramson’s facebook page reads:
The standoff between The Town of Bethel and Yasgur Rd Productions has ended. They win. Upon reading quotes from town supervisor Daniel Sturm stating that the town intends to “hit us in our wallets” and after already receiving camping violations one week before people arrived, we know they mean business. The fines could be as much as $1,000 per violation, per parcel (there are 5), for the duration of the permit which is 14 days. That’s $70,000 for the two weeks of the permit plus the $25,000 for the contempt of court. That is if we only have one violation per day. The town would be able to then take a lien on our property if we were unable to pay within their timeframe.
The town has repeatedly encouraged us to open our doors to you at that price. In fact, Ms. Sheehan, the town clerk, has assured people that we will remain open visa vie my facebook page without even consulting me. They are so confident of getting their money, or should I say, our money.
We are very sorry for this fiasco. We assure you that everyone who paid will be reimbursed. I will begin that process next week and not rest until it’s done.
Phish will kick off its summer tour in Bethel, NY tomorrow.