In "trying to keep in as close contact as possible with the people," Mr. Scaltro sees Woodstock Ventures as planning a festival "not for a festival's sake" but for the creation of a happy, music-filled weekend. Good luck!
Luck threw the Woodstock boys a curve last week in the form of protest from the Wallkill town fathers. But, Woodstock Ventures issued a statement assuring rock fans that the Festival will indeed be held. A statement from the organization follows:
John Roberts, president of Woodstock Ventures, stated categorically today that the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, to be held in the town of Wallkill, N.Y. will go on, as scheduled, Aug. 15-17.
Roberts noted, "Statements to the contrary that have been made by the Wallkill Town Zoning Board of Appeals, Assistant Town Attorney Joseph Owen, and other individuals, are entirely false. Accordingly, we have instructed legal counsel in New York City and in Wallkill to institute damage proceedings and to provide relief from this offensive and dishonest harassment. Never in the history of an outdoor event of this kind have such massive and thorough preparations been made for the security and well-being of everyone in attendance.
"The staff we have assembled is composed of nationally recognized experts in safety, security, sanitation, and parking. Wes Pomeroy, chief of security for Woodstock Ventures, was associate administrator of the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration, U.S. Dept. of Justice, and director of the office of Law Enforcement Programs until June, 1969. Prior to that he was a special assistant to the Attorney General of the U.S. for Law Enforcement. He was in the office of the Sheriff of San Mateo County, California, for 16 years (8 of them as Under-Sheriff). In that capacity he planned, organized, and directed outside policing and internal security for the 1964 Republican Convention at the Cow Palace.
Mel Lawrence, who is responsible for the health and welfare of the patrons of the Fair, performed administrative functions for the following Popular Music Festivals (among many others): Magic Mountain Music Festival, Mount Tamaltaif, Calif. (40,000 attendants); Newport Pop Festival, Orange County, Calif. (110,000); Miami Pop Festival, Hallandale, Fla., (100,000). "At no festival at which I have been one of the directing forces has there been a security or health disturbance. In all my experience I have never seen as much time, money and effort spent on health and security precautions for a festival as is being spent for this Fair," said Mr. Lawrence.
John Fabbri, security consultant to the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, has been chief of police of S. San Francisco for 9 years, and is responsible for traffic consisting of a quarter of a million cars a day. He was also commissioner to the Governor of the State of Calif. On Peace Officer Standards and Training, and was consultant to the U.S. Dept. of Justice, President's Crime Commission 1996, and to the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Affadavits have been filed with the Supreme Court of the State of New York, John Roberts indicated that "the legal battle resulting from the untrue and damaging statements will probably still be going on long after the Fair is a happy memory."