Groovy: Woodstock fans flock to concert site for anniversary

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An estimated 400,000 people showed up for the original festival in 1969

Thousands are expected to flock to New York for Woodstock anniversary.

In this Wednesday, July 24, 2019, photo, a flat piece of ground and rock cairns are all that remain of the stage of the 1969 Woodstock Music and Arts Fair in Bethel, N.Y. Woodstock was staged 80 miles (130 kilometers) northwest of New York City on a bucolic hillside owned by dairy farmer Max Yasgur. It was a great spot for peaceful vibes, but miserable for handling the hordes coming in by car. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

BETHEL, N.Y. (AP) – Woodstock fans are expected to get back to the garden to mark the 50th anniversary of the generation-defining festival.

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is hosting a series of events Thursday through Sunday at the bucolic 1969 concert site, 80 miles (130 kilometers) northwest of New York City.

Woodstock veteran Arlo Guthrie is set to perform Thursday evening before an outdoor screening of the concert documentary on the famous field.

There won’t be overcrowding and chaos this time. Visitors need event tickets and travel passes to drive to the site through the weekend.

An estimated 400,000 people showed up for the original festival on upstate New York farmland Aug. 15-18, 1969.

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