While many Schenectady County residents may be happy that Camp Bisco is not returning this years, others say they'll miss the three day music concert festival. Time Warner Cable News reporter Madeleine Rivera has more on how the cancelation has a community divided.
MARIAVILLE, N.Y. -- Camp Bisco brought thousands of people together, those craving to jam to some electronic music.
Rick Patino, who co-owns Duanesburg Diner, also enjoyed the annual concert. The crowd of people brought in thousands of dollars in revenue.
"It was good for us. We're really going to miss them," said Patino.
He won't see that type of traffic this year. That's because Camp Bisco organizers announced on their Facebook page Thursday that they're not coming back this year. Organizers did not give a reason for the cancelation. But, many residents who live near the concert grounds have complained about the event in the past citing drug problems, heavy traffic, and loud noise. In 2012, a person attending the festival died from an apparent overdose.
"The hassle of having those groups here is not a positive aspect for our area," said Thomas Krutz, who lives in the neighboring town of Florida.
Bisco says they'll return next year. But, David Filiberto, who works at Sysco, a food supplier for the concert, says he doubts they'll come back.
"I just think they got too big. And, they couldn't handle it," said Filiberto.
While the future is uncertain for Camp Bisco, one thing likely won't change, this community is divided over whether the economic benefits outweigh the negative aspects of the event.