Curveball cancellation hits sour note with estimated $25M-30M loss

While Phish fans have packed up their campers and tents to vacate Watkins Glen, the organizers of Phish's Curveball festival are still recovering from a three-day event that never happened.

It's a process that will take months, said Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup in a phone interview Monday afternoon.

"To my knowledge, we've never canceled an event like that," he said.

Printup estimates the region lost out on $25 million to 30 million when the festival was canceled.

The festival was expected to draw more than 30,000 people to WGI throughout the weekend.

But a 14-county state of emergency, the prospect of additional inclement weather and a mandatory boil water order for the Village of Watkins Glen issued Thursday prevented Schuyler County and the New York State Department of Health from issuing the required permits for the festival.

The severe rainstorm hindered the ability to deliver clean drinking water to patrons and vendors as confirmed by test results delivered on Thursday, the Department of Health stated in a press release that was issued late Thursday afternoon.

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