When Woodstock ended, festival organizers figured they were$1.3-million in debt. The three-day even lasted almost four. Expenses were more than 300% over budget and most attendees were let in without having paid for a ticket.
It took $100,000 and several days to clean up the site. Workers bulldozed tons of trash and debris into a pit and burned it. But even the cleanup embraced the peace, love and spirit of Woodstock.
“When the festival was over, and all this trouble came down-the dead boy-the pillaring in the press, the lost money-the Yasgur’s were steadfast friends. They didn’t call and say, ‘You didn’t clean up this acre, or that acre.’ They called up and said, “Look, anything we could do to help, we’d love to help.’” John Roberts, Woodstock producer.
One person at the festival died when a tractor drove over him. Five thousand attendees required medical care, approximately 800 were drug overdoses, which Wavy Gravy and The Hog Farm took care of.
Much went wrong with the festival. Some of the problems, shortages of food, rain and mud were chronicled earlier in this blog. I asked many who attended the festival whether they’d do it again and none of them said no.