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Near Bethel in Sullivan County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Woodstock Music and Arts Fair

 
 
Woodstock Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Erik Lander, July 12, 2006
1. Woodstock Marker
Inscription.  
This is the original site of the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair held on Aug 15, 16, 17, 1969.

Peace and Music
Wayne C. Saward
sculptor

On Stage Performers. Richie Havens, Arlo Guthrie; Joan Baez; Joe Cocker; Ravi Shankar; Janis Joplin; Jimi Hendrix; Johnny Winter; Creedence Clearwater; Mountain; Santana; John Sebastian; The Who; Canned Heat; Grateful Dead; Paul Butterfield Blues’ Band; Sly & the Family Stone; Jefferson Airplane; The Band; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; Blood Sweat and Tears; Melanie; Ten Years After; Sweetwater; Sha-Na-Na; Incredible String Band; Country Joe McDonald and the Fish.
 
Erected 1984 by owners Louis Nicky and June Gelish.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansArts, Letters, MusicEntertainmentHispanic AmericansPeaceWomen. A significant historical month for this entry is August 1957.
 
Location. 41° 42.155′ N, 74° 52.916′ W. Marker is near Bethel, New York, in Sullivan County. Marker is at the
Woodstock Music and Arts Fair Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Scott J. Payne, April 18, 2022
2. Woodstock Music and Arts Fair Marker
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intersection of Hurd Road and West Shore Road, on the right when traveling north on Hurd Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 226 Hurd Road, Bethel NY 12720, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Woodstock (approx. 0.4 miles away); Max and Miriam Yasgur (approx. 1˝ miles away); Last Piece of Yasgur Farm (approx. 1.6 miles away); Spreading Peace and Love (approx. 2.9 miles away); Heirsville (approx. 9 miles away); Cushetunk (approx. 9 miles away in Pennsylvania); Jersey Claim Line (approx. 9.1 miles away); Hellers Triangle (approx. 9.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bethel.
 
More about this marker. Wayne C. Saward, who designed and built this marker, died March 23, 2009.
 
Also see . . .  Woodstock 69. Website homepage:
1994 article by Elliot Tiber. “The Woodstock Music and Art Fair in 1969 drew more than 450,000 people to a pasture in Sullivan County. For four days, the site became a countercultural mini-nation in which minds were open, drugs were all but legal and love was ‘free.’ The music began Friday afternoon at 5:07pm August 15 and continued until mid-morning Monday August 18. The festival closed the New York State Thruway and created one of the nation’s worst traffic jams. It also inspired a slew of local and state laws to ensure that nothing like it would ever happen again.” (Submitted on April 28, 2009.) 
 
Additional keywords.
Close up of left side list of Woodstock Performers image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Howard C. Ohlhous, February 11, 2009
3. Close up of left side list of Woodstock Performers
On Stage Performers
Richie Havens
Arlo Guthrie
Joan Baez
Joe Cocker
Ravi Shankar
Janis Joplin
Jimi Hendrix
Johnny Winter
Creedence Clearwater
Mountain
Santana
John Sabastian
The Who
Canned Heat
Woodstock Festival
 
Close up of right side list of Woodstock Performers image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Howard C. Ohlhous, February 11, 2009
4. Close up of right side list of Woodstock Performers
Greatful Dead
Paul Butterfield
Blues Band
Sly & the Family Stone
Jefferson Airplane
The Band
Crosby, Stills, Nash
& Young
Blood, Sweat And Tears
Melanie
Ten Years After
Sweetwater
Shan-Na-Na
Incredible String Band
Country Joe McDonald
and the Fish
Site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival and Commemorative Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Howard C. Ohlhous, February 11, 2009
5. Site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival and Commemorative Marker
August 2009 marked the 40th Anniversary of the "Three Days of Peace and Music" held on Max Yasgur's farm in Bethel, New York. The festival site is much quieter now. The hillside in the background forms a natural amphitheater were thousands of concert attendees enjoyed "Three Days of Peace and Music". The performance stage area was in the upper left in the photo at the bottom of the hill.
Woodstock Music and Arts Fair Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Shelly Casaretti, circa August 17, 1994
6. Woodstock Music and Arts Fair Marker
Taken on the 25th anniversary of the concert. It so happened that it was raining!
Woodstock Music and Arts Fair Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Scott J. Payne, April 18, 2022
7. Woodstock Music and Arts Fair Marker
Woodstock Music and Arts Fair Original Stage Location image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Scott J. Payne, April 18, 2022
8. Woodstock Music and Arts Fair Original Stage Location
It's hard to imagine 450,000 people on the slopes of one of Max Yagurs hay fields, but in August of 1969, this site was the third largest city in New York state.
Woodstock Music and Arts Fair Festival Seating Area image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Scott J. Payne, April 18, 2022
9. Woodstock Music and Arts Fair Festival Seating Area
Woodstock Music and Arts Fair Original Stage Location image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Scott J. Payne, April 18, 2022
10. Woodstock Music and Arts Fair Original Stage Location
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 25, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 26, 2009, by Erik Lander of Brooklyn, New York. This page has been viewed 5,914 times since then and 122 times this year. It was the Marker of the Week August 16, 2009. Photos:   1. submitted on April 26, 2009, by Erik Lander of Brooklyn, New York.   2. submitted on April 18, 2022, by Scott J. Payne of Deposit, New York.   3, 4, 5. submitted on August 8, 2009, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.   6. submitted on October 13, 2009, by Shelly Casaretti of Monroe, New Jersey.   7, 8. submitted on April 21, 2022, by Scott J. Payne of Deposit, New York.   9, 10. submitted on April 18, 2022, by Scott J. Payne of Deposit, New York. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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May. 26, 2022