Thursday, August 15, 2013
by Barnard L. Collier (Special to The New York Times)
Bethel N.Y. Aug. 15 - A crowd estimated at more than 200,000 poured into this Catskill Mountain hamlet today for a three-day rock and folk music festival, creating massive traffic jams and a potentially serious security problem.
The police reported that an increasing numbers of cars were being abandoned by motorists on the shoulders of highways as drivers and passengers decided to walk to Bethel. Estimates of the total number of people both at the festival and in the surrounding area were as high as 400,000.
Wes Pomeroy, director of security for the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, who issued the 200,000 figure, warned late this afternoon that Bethel should be avoided..."