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NY To Host Woodstock Anniversary

February 5, 1999

ROME, N.Y. (AP) _ It used to be home to bomb-toting Cold War B-52s. This summer, the former Griffiss Air Force Base will be the scene for three days of peace, love and music.

City officials reached a preliminary agreement Thursday to host the 30th anniversary of Woodstock. As many as 300,000 people are expected to attend the music festival at the decommissioned air base July 23-25.

Mayor Joe Griffo heralded the economic benefits of the show, and said the concert could double Oneida County’s population while injecting as much as $30 million into the economy.

No acts have been lined up yet. Promoter Michael Lang said he hopes to have most in place by April 1. He said ticket prices would be comparable to the 1994 Woodstock anniversary, around $135.

Some residents doubted a financial windfall courtesy of young music-lovers.

``They’re lucky if they can afford the price of the ticket, a hot dog and a sleeping bag,″ said Nancy Graves.

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