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1 City (1990 pop. 14,353) seat of McHenry co., NE Ill.; inc. 1845. In a grain and dairying area, the city has food processing and produces paper products, medical equipment, machinery, and chemicals.

2 Town (1990 pop. 1,870), Ulster co., SE N.Y., in an area of fruit and dairy farms, at the foothills of the Catskill Mts. The Woodstock Guild manages an artists' colony there (Byrdcliffe, opened 1903) and sponsors exhibits. The Art Students League of New York also had a summer school in the town (1906–22, 1947–79); an art school is now there.

Woodstock gave its name to the most famous of the music festivals of the 1960s and 70s, actually held (Aug., 1969) near Bethel, N.Y., c.45 mi (70 km) to the southwest. The name Woodstock has since signified the 1960s heyday of rock music and the youth counterculture movement. In Aug., 1994, a 25th-anniversary Woodstock concert was held in Saugerties, N.Y., c.7 mi (11 km) east of Woodstock.


city (1991 pop. 30,075), S Ont., Canada, SW of Hamilton. It is an industrial center with diversified manufactures such as electric generators, fire engines, reed organs, auto parts, and textiles. The surrounding country has mixed farming, dairying, and stock raising.


300,000 rock music fans attended this festival held near Bethel, N.Y. (August 16, 1969). [Am. Music Hist.: EB, X: 741]


a town in New York State, the site of a large rock festival in August 1969. Pop.: 6253 (2003 est.)
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This volume of Omnigraphic's Defining Moments series focuses on the 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair, a three-day musical festival that became an enduring symbol of the hippy counterculture of the 1960s.
The Times Herald-Record of Middletown, N.Y., the closest daily paper to Bethel, where the famed Woodstock music and art fair occurred 40 years, ago began its anniversary coverage back in May.
Discussion Nick Langhart, library director, will discuss the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, who, in 1969, left a work crew at the site.