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April 20, 2013

Informal Springfest party canceled



The event’s Facebook page was originally listing Springfest ticket prices ranging from $25 to $40 for VIP access.

When the event was changed to the Pub Crawl, the T-shirts, which would have been tickets, were priced at either $10 or $15.

According to the page, the ticket price for the “multi-venue pub crawl” would have included performances, music provided by disc jockeys and an after-party.

The Pub Crawl was for those 21 and older who could provide valid IDs to bar employees, the site said.

As of Wednesday, 1,585 people were listed on the page as planning to take part in the event.

Students expressed their disappointment and frustration with police on the page after they learned the celebration had been canceled.


Authorities were concerned about Springfest.

Plattsburgh City Police Chief Desmond Racicot said City of Plattsburgh Mayor Donald Kasprzak had forwarded him a letter from Green Room bar owner Chris Dumont asking for the Police Department’s position on the bar hosting the event.

“It’s not something that I would suggest as a benefit to the city,” Racicot said.

Dumont could not be reached for comment.

Law enforcement and public safety need to be addressed every night, the police chief said, but the preparation and the need for police presence increases with large parties that involve hundreds of people.

Among those are issues are liquor licensing, fire and health codes and city ordinances.

If a business were to hold an event of this magnitude, it would need to have special permits, Racicot said.

A temporary change in alcohol licensing would need to be approved by the New York State Liquor Authority, City Clerk Keith Herkalo said.

He wasn’t aware of any business that had applied for a city permit for a Springfest-like event, but that permission would only cover events that would happen on city property outside of a business, he said.

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