Tabletop Protest Sign

Woodstock Holy Grail

Hastily painted three weeks prior to the 1969 Woodstock Festival, this protest sign implored the town zoning board to void Max Yasgur's agreement to lease his farm land to Woodstock Ventures and end the possibility of the gathering ever taking place. In his 2009 book about his famous farming father Sam Yasgur says that when Max saw the sign he resolved that the festival would be held on Yasgur Farms no matter what… he was not going to let bigotry and hatred stop it … and confronted selected members of the Board, stating: "I'm not going to let you throw them out of town just because you don't like their dress or their hair or the way they live or what they believe. This is America and they are going to have their festival".

John Roberts, whose family fortune essentially financed the festival, stated in a filmed interview "The Yasgurs were decent, gentle, caring people. They came to our rescue. There would have been no Woodstock Festival without Max and Miriam Yasgur."

Tabletop Specifications

Description: circa 1950's white porcelain-coated metal kitchen table
( legs removed )

Dimensions: 47" x 25" x 1"

Condition: wear from exposure over time, 3 rusted nail holes top center

Inscription: painted in red in free-hand style

"LOCAL PEOPLE
SPEAK-OUT
STOP MAX'S Hippy Music FESTiVAL
NO 150'000 HiPPiEs HERE
"


Photographed Monday July 21, 1969 and published with the article copied below in The Times Herald Record of Middletown, NY the following day, this sign was nailed to a fencepost alongside route 17B about a quarter mile from Max Yasgur's dairy farm. Despite the public protest, that monday night the Bethel Town Zoning Board approved Woodstock Ventures' plan to hold a three day event on the 600 acre farm.