Vernak Farms to host Spafford music festival in August

— Plans are being made for a new summer event in Spafford.

Chris Vernak, owner of Vernak Farms, a country store and deli, approached the Spafford Town Board at its June 14 meeting to provide information about a proposed music festival to be held mid-August on the store grounds.

Vernak said he has spoken to the neighbors, his insurance company and the local fire department about the event in preparation. The festival is slated to include a variety of foods from the store, area crafters and live music.

Vernak and Peter Ryan expressed concerns regarding crowd control. However, Ryan said he has spoken to New York State Police officials on how to keep crowd related issues to a minimum. While the number of attendees is up in the air, Vernak does not see things getting out of control.

Crowd control will help keep the event calm “so it’s not a Woodstock situation,” he said.

According to codes enforcement officer Kim Fairchild, Vernak and Ryan were in compliance and he gave his approval for the board to provide the farm with the proper operating permits to hold the festival.

Once the permits are issued, entertainment can be booked and additional plans can be made, Ryan said.

“It’s a first. It’s good,” said Town Councilor Chris Fesko.

The Spafford Town Board approved the festival to take place Aug. 18 at Vernak Farms, 1889 E. Lake Road, Skaneateles.

Also at the meeting:

—The board scheduled a public hearing for 7 p.m. Thursday, July 12, regarding the town’s draft law to ban hydrofracking in Spafford. The law is an amendment to the current zoning code.

Town Supervisor Webb Stevens said the board recently received the draft to review. With no questions from the board and the drafts signed, the board set the hearing to take place during its next regular meeting.

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