Everyone's Welcome

Woodstock was suppose to run from August 15 to 17, 1969. But it ended up running until the 18th. The promoters originally expected a crowd of about 50,000. Nearing the event, the estimated attendance went up to 250,000. At the time the gates opened, the crowd was over 400,000.

Over 400,000 flocked to Woodstock. Why? Well, it was a 3-day gig of music and peace. Who wouldn't want to be part of the that? So yes, over 400,000 made their way to a dairy farm in New York City. You know what that means, right? Yes -- THE TRAFFIC WAS DEADLY.

But hey, it was Jimi Hendrix, so it's worth the wait.But the traffic was so bad. Look at what happened to the dude in the photo above. Most likely their car didn't have good A/C, he fainted. He needed medical attention but couldn't have any.

The promoters originally expected a crowd of about 50,000. Nearing the event, the estimated attendance went up to 250,000. At the time the gates opened, the crowd was over 400,000.

Over 400,000 people were at the gate. Not everyone had tickets though. Those that didn't have tickets simply made their way through gaps of the fences. Well, the venue was huge and there was no way to control the people getting on. So eventually, organizers decided to make Woodstock free for everyone. Just to see performances, most of the audience stayed on top of their cars. Mind you, it was a rainy weekend.

What was originally planned as a fund raising event for a music studio, eventually turned out to be more than that. Woodstock had more meaning that just being a fundraiser. It was one of those historic events where people came together for peace, unity, and love -- this was made all possible by music.

Over 400,000 people were at the gate. Not everyone had tickets though. Those that didn't have tickets simply made their way through gaps of the fences. Well, the venue was huge and there was no way to control the people getting on. So eventually, organizers decided to make Woodstock free for everyone. It was after all, for a greater cause. Yes, that's why there was more or less 400,000 people.

Actually, the 400,000 is just an estimate. No one really knows the exact number of attendees. There could've been more.

The Crowd

You've got the biggest names playing at Woodstock. Richie Havens opened it, Swami Satchidananda, Joan Baez, Santana, Sly and the Family Stone, Sha Na Na, and of course Jimi Hendrix to name a few. Just to see performances, most of the audience stayed on top of their cars. Mind you, it was a rainy weekend.

Woodstock ran for 4 days. Mind you, it was a rainy weekend, which is why the audience got creative and resourceful. Not only were there tents, some even made their own viewing decks and tiny huts.

Things like this wooden structure were among the many made by people who attended Woodstock. Could you just imagine how Max Yasgur's 600-acre dairy farm looked before, during, and after the event? As you can see, Woodstock was a league of its own. Not only did it have tents pitched but it had all sorts of structures built!

Woodstock was such a historic event. It was open to anyone who wanted to attend. Back in the days, it seems like some parents felt that bringing their children along to witness such moments in history was a good idea.

But the craziness doesn't just stop there. There were actually "Woodstock babies". Yes, babies were reportedly born during the festival itself. This was confirmed by the concert's medical director. There were two births during Woodstock, one was at a local hospital after the mother was flown out by helicopter; the other in a car caught in the epic traffic jam outside the site crowded with more than 400,000 people.

The Fashion

Woodstock wasn't just a fundraiser, it was just about the campaign for peace, or for the love of music. The festival was also a celebration of respecting one another's form of expression. It was literally anything goes at Woodstock.

Self-expression was highly respected at the festival. Yup, even what you wear. You literally just be yourself and come as how you want. Fashion was also was one of the notable things during the festival.

Obviously, frills and fringes and other boho and hippie inspired outfits worn at modern day festivals like Coachella and Tomorrowland were all Woodstock inspired. Would you agree?