Daily TWiP – Max Yasgur, who rented out his farm as the site of Woodstock, dies today in 1973
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Looking for a surefire way to upset your neighbors? Invite a couple hundred thousand hippies to crash at your house. Max Yasgur, who died today (Feb. 9th) in 1973, did just that when he rented out a field at his White Lake, NY, dairy farm to host the now-iconic Woodstock Festival.
Yasgur, a conservative Republican who supported the Vietnam War, was the largest milk producer in Sullivan County, NY. He decided to rent one of his fields to the organizers of Woodstock because, due to it having been a wet year, he was going to have to buy hay instead of being able to produce it himself. The $50,000 payment he received for ren… Continue Reading (3 minute read)