Woodstock Anniversary Weekend greeted with Festivals, Comics & FairsAug 8th, 2013 | By HV Insider | Category: Community Happenings
August 15th kicks off an incredible weekend of traditions – both new and old – in the Sullivan County Catskills.
Beginning the festivities in what is easily the most fantastic weekend of August is the 44th anniversary of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair in Bethel, where thousands converged on Bethel in 1969 for Woodstock and featured performances by The Who, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and others.
This year’s anniversary celebration will play host to performances by Comedy duo Cheech & Chong and the bands WAR and Tower of Power at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.
And just outside the gates of Bethel Woods, “Retro69” will take the stage on Sunday Aug. 18 from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Catskill Distilling Company. Billing themselves as a “Tribute to Woodstock”, the band recreates the concert, performing the show in the same order of the original 1969 festival, running from Havens through Hendrix.
On the other side of Sullivan County, another tradition continues with the 134th Annual Little World’s Fair at the Grahamsville Fairgrounds. Festivities begin Thursday evening with a “car-load” deal of just $40 per car, and offers unlimited access to parking and rides. The activities will continue through Sunday and include performers, live music, rides, a youth fair, a Draft Horse Pull and an impressive fireworks display on Saturday night.
Back in the Monticello area, a new tradition is beginning Saturday with the launch of the inaugural Bagel Festival, complete with a variety of food and craft vendors, music, bands, artists, sculptures, a bagel parade, and the Bagel Family.
On Sunday at the Bagel Festival, attendees will have the chance to be a part of the world’s largest tie-dyed peace sign bagel by signing their names on the giant sculpture, which will be submitted to Guinness World Records and Ripley’s Believe It or Not. Attendees will also help create the world’s largest bagel chain made out of real bagels, which will be submitted to the Guinness Book of World Records.
“This weekend is a perfect example of what makes the Sullivan County Catskills so incredible,” said Roberta Byron-Lockwood, president and CEO of the SCVA. “We’ve got a little bit of everything for the whole family; just check out our online Events Calendar to see what else we have in store.”