The original iconic event that changed the way people perceive rock festivals. But did you know that it almost didn’t happen? After local residents quickly shot down the original venue in New York, another possible location was identified in Saugerties. After much pushback, promoters were in a tight spot but eventually found a farm owner named Max Yasgur who accepted $10,000 cash up front to let them have a “small” festival on his 300 acre property. What could go wrong?