Curveball Festival with Phish in Watkins Glen cancelled due to flooding concerns

In a statement released Thursday, the State Department of Health and Schuyler County officials said the Curveball Festival, which included the band Phish in its lineup, was unable to obtain necessary permits. (WHAM photo)

Watkins Glen, N.Y. - A large festival scheduled for this weekend in Watkins Glen has been canceled following state of emergency conditions brought on by this week's storms.

In a statement released Thursday, the State Department of Health and Schuyler County officials said the Curveball Festival, which included the band Phish in its lineup, was unable to obtain necessary permits.

"This week's severe storm caused untenable conditions, including the inability to deliver clean drinking water to patrons and vendors as confirmed by test results delivered today," Thursday's statement read, in part.

Vermont native Jason Wigman still can't believe it.

"We thought it was joke at first," he says. "Where do we go? We have RVs. We took off work. We have all this food."

Rows and rows of disappointed fans, packed in cars, leaving the venue today.

Marco Esquandalas waited months for this weekend. After a long drive from Vermont, he's packing up and heading home again.

"How disappointing is this? On a scale of 1 to 10, it's about a 15," he says.

It's a tough blow for Phish fans and the local businesses who were expecting thousands in town for the whole weekend.

"All my friends said we are going through the five stages of grief," says Lily Trioa, who came to Watkins Glen from Colorado. She says she's trying to keep everything perspective.

"There's always another show," she says. "That's the great thing about this band. They'll never let us down."

Officials said all parties involved in the festival, including Phish and Watkins Glen, had explored all possible options to keep the festival as planned, but were unable to do so.

Organizers are working on reaching out to ticket holders to deliver refund information.

Signs are being posted along the New York State Thruway, notifying people about the cancellation.

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