Officials deem Phish Festival a success
It was a successful weekend in Schuyler County. Watkins Glen International brought in millions of dollars with its first music festival in almost 40 years. Our Lara Greenberg has more on the Phish Superball IX Festival.
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WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- Few things other than races bring more than 30,000 people to Watkins Glen International, but this weekend, there was Phish.
After a year of planning and a few million dollars in preparation, Schuyler County officials say the weekend was worth it.
"Everything that's been in the planning stages for over a year was executed flawlessly. The crowd was outstanding. The weather was perfect. This was certainly a great way for us to re-enter the music scene," said Schuyler County Administrator Tim O'Hearn.
It filled the void of the Indy Car Series and boosted the region financially. Not to mention, only 34 arrests were made, far fewer than anticipated.
"Mainly drug sale arrests and there were some drug possession arrests. But like I said 34 arrests for the amount of people that were here, that's a number we can manage and live with," said Schuyler County Sheriff Bill Yessman.
As the last few Phish fans leave Watkins Glen, they say they had a great weekend and thank officials for doing such a great job.
"Getting in was real smooth. There wasn't any traffic. It was just really simple. Everyone that worked here, all the staff, vendors were all really easy to deal with. Just no complaints at all," said Shawn Andrews, a Phish fan from Ohio.
"I think security was pretty lenient and nice this year, especially with all the cop cars rolling around, said a fan.
Officials say with such a positive weekend behind them, another band could be rolling through in the future.
County leaders say the festival probably brought ten times the amount of money to the region that Indy Car did. Official numbers won't be in until next month.