What began as an early start to a weekend long festival turned deadly for one college student. Our Eva McKend has more from Sullivan County.
THOMPSON, N.Y. -- A young woman who was in town working as a concert promoter has died after accidentally falling five stories from a building at Kutsher's Resort.
"We were completely shaken by the death of a young girl."
Brian Kuprian was just hours away from getting married at the 17th Annual New York Harvest and Freedom Festival, but he and many others will have to relocate after police say Megan Dunleavy, 21, from Connecticut, accidentally fell to her death.
Kuprian said, "It was a horrible accident. She went outside. They were encouraging people not to be inside."
Festival organizers say thousands were set to come to Sullivan County for the festival, but Town of Thompson officials say festival goers didn't have the right to occupy Kutscher's Resort. A final code inspection was scheduled for Friday morning, but officials say festivities began without permission on Thursday night.
"There are multiple health and safety violations, fire code violations, blocked exit doors, locked exit doors, hallways that are blocked, ceilings that are collapsing and a rodent infestation," said Logan Ottino, Town of Thompson Code Enforcement.
"As soon as the marijuana legalization community wants to host a rally to raise funds for our advocacy to want to change the law, they deem the property we tried to rent and give Sullivan County revenue, unfit for habitation," said Harvest Festival organizer Robert Robinson.
Streams of people packed up and shipped out of Kutscher's, but the festival will go on at a location in Ulster County and so will the wedding.
Robinson said, "She was a young lady, a friend of mine and I'm pretty heartbroken, although I'm too busy trying to make sure this event happens out of respect for her. She got a little too drunk and fell off the roof."
"We are here to preserve the peace to make sure the evacuation is orderly and peaceful and everybody gets on their way safely," said Sullivan County Undersheriff Eric Chaboty.
Dunleavy was a student at Hartwick College studying chemistry. Although Harvest Fest was here last year, town officials say this year, it was an event that was never authorized to take place.