This declaration of a free concert had two dire effects.
The first of which was that the organizers were going to lose massive amounts of money by putting on this event.
Promotional poster for the 1969 Woodstock Music and Arts Fair in Bethel, New York.
A white dove sits on a guitar handle above the tagline, '3 DAYS of PEACE & MUSIC.' A schedule with the names of the performers, including Joan Baez, Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane and Jimi Hendrix appears on the bottom left hand side.
Blank Archives / Getty Images The Woodstock Festival was a three-day concert (which rolled into a fourth day) that involved lots of sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll - plus a lot of mud.
The Woodstock Music Festival of 1969 has become an icon of the 1960s hippie counterculture.
No matter how the young men and their lawyers spun it, the citizens of Wallkill did not want a bunch of drugged-out hippies descending on their town.
Everyone involved with the Woodstock Festival panicked.
Sweetwater, Joan Baez, and other folk artists also played Friday night.
The men also worked on organizing food, signing musicians, and hiring security.
The first of many things to go wrong with the Woodstock Festival was the location.
New contracts to rent the dairy farm and surrounding areas had to be drawn up and permits to allow the Woodstock Festival in the town had to be acquired.
Construction of the stage, a performers' pavilion, parking lots, concession stands, and a children's playground all got a late start and barely got finished in time for the event.