PLATTSBURGH — Springfest, an informal annual event organized by SUNY Plattsburgh students or alumni, has been canceled this year.
“We received A LOT of political pressure from the Chief of Police and the City, enough so to prevent the main Spring Fest event from happening,” SUNY Plattsburgh alumnus Ryan Corry announced the news on Facebook Wednesday.
“They also applied this pressure to pretty much every bar we sought to work with.”
The large-scale party, held at different venues from year to year, draws hundreds of students and has proved fertile ground for fights and vandalism.
Last year, Springfest was held at Gilligan’s Getaway on Route 9 north of the City of Plattsburgh, where several brawls broke out and law enforcement from three departments converged on the bar.
Several hundred college students, from both SUNY Plattsburgh and Clinton Community College, were at that party. It had been promoted heavily on social network sites, and many who planned to be there had called for a wild time and even violence.
In 2011, six arrests were made after a party attended by some 300 college students at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 125 on Boynton Avenue in the City of Plattsburgh erupted into a riot. There were injuries as well, and damage to the facilities there.
Springfest is not endorsed by or affiliated with the college, said Michelle Ouellette, director of public relations and publications at SUNY Plattsburgh.
On Tuesday, the event’s Facebook page had changed its name from Springfest to SF Pub Crawl 2013, “Plattsburgh’s annual, anticipated and premiere crawl,” which was planned for Saturday, May 4.
It, too, fizzled out.
“The Pub Crawl was an attempt to salvage the (Springfest) event, for the large number of people and spread it out (to) several smaller bars downtown,” Corry posted.
“We tried our best to get something off the ground, but unfortunately this year we got roasted.”