Newburgh Brewing Company plans day of music, drinks, food to replace postponed Illuminated Festival
Even though Newburgh’s annual Illuminated Festival has been postponed from its June 3 date, there’s still going to be a party in the city that day.
Newburgh Brewing Company shared plans for a party on Golden Street with a beer truck, food trucks and bands performing all day.
The plan is all in the party’s quite lengthy name: “The First Annual The Other Festival is Cancelled or Postponed (we’re not sure) But We Already Planned To Do an Outdoor Beer Garden with Music & Beer & Food & Fun so… Festival”
The brewery’s owner said Thursday that it just made sense to follow through with their plans.
As News 12 previously reported, Illuminated’s organizers and some City Council representatives are close to an agreement to have the festival on July 22.
Illuminated Festival organizer Rich Fracasse said they were not going to be able to hold it at the beginning of June as planned because of disagreements between organizers and the city about the time and location of the festival.
He said that they were planning to end the festival at 10 p.m. just like last year, but city administrators would only issue a permit for a 7 p.m. end time.
Organizers also said they were planning to expand the size of the festival area because they were expecting a crowd that would have been larger than last year's 75,000 attendees - but claimed administrators offered a smaller area.
In a statement released Friday, city officials said organizers “unilaterally” canceled the festival after they “outright refused even the most routine and reasonable public safety measures.”