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Locals brace themselves for annual Camp Bisco Music Festival


MARIAVILLE, N.Y. -- As music lovers gather for the Camp Bisco Music Festival, some residents living near the grounds are bracing themselves for traffic and trouble.

The three-day electronic music festival is set for its seventh year, but as the field fills up with tents and music enthusiasts, neighbors aren't thrilled about the crowds.

"We're kind of resigned to the fact that next door is going to be a problem," Kurt Schifner said.

Schifner lives down the road from the Indian Lookout Country Club. He said that in less than 24 hours, traffic on the desolate road, sometimes used by horse buggies, will be backed up for miles.

"I don't think it's improved at all," he said. "There are just so many people. You can't control them."

Last year during Camp Bisco, State Police made several narcotics arrests and a 29-year-old man was found dead in his tent. Schifner said he's not too fond of the type of crowd the festival attracts.

"They are kind of noisy," he said. "It appears as though they may be using illegal drugs."

But other neighbors, like Angelo Dicaprio, said things were improving, and he wasn't bothered by the traffic.

"It's gotta be the way they're letting them in and the buses," he said.

This year, Dicaprio put up signs and cones in his front yard to keep people from parking in his driveway

"They're pretty decent and respect the neighbors," he said.

This year, the venue will have additional security guards in place to search for contraband.

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