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#881 - Woodstock: Max Yasgur Estimate: $200+

Farmer (1919-1973) who owned the dairy farm in Bethel, New York where the Woodstock Music and Art Fair was held between August 15 and 18, 1969. Yasgur Farms Dairy check, 8.25 x 3, filled out and signed by Yasgur, "Max B. Yasgur," payable to The Times Herald Record for $9.18, November 14, 1966. In fine condition.

Conceived by budding entrepreneurs John Roberts and Joel Rosenman, the Woodstock Festival—billed as "An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music"—was originally scheduled to take place in Wallkill, NY, on the property of Howard Mills. Although Wallkill officials were assured that no more than 50,000 people would attend, town residents immediately and vocally opposed the festival. On July 15th, the Wallkill zoning board officially banned the concert from taking place on the basis that the planned portable toilets would not meet town code. With less than 30 days to go before the festival's start date, Roberts and Rosenman were left without a venue. They scrambled to search for a new location, and quickly found Max Yasgur's farm in the adjacent county. They paid Yasgur $75,000 to rent his land—far more than the $10,000 agreed upon with Mills—and announced the new venue in an advertisement published in the New York Times on July 25, 1969, headed: "To Insure Three Days of Peace & Music We've Left Wallkill And Are Now At White Lake, N.Y."

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