The Festival

People started arriving into Bowling Green the night before the festival. An estimated 10,000 people slept in the fields around the stadium. A Bowling Green police officer, Galen Ash,  said, “We were getting people that were hitchhiking in and they were camping in people’s backyards and we couldn’t keep up with the complaints.”

Words like 'hitchhikers', 'bikers', and 'outsiders' were being used to describe onslaught of people pouring into town.  “I can remember looking out from the stadium ... and I could see nothing but miles and miles and miles of stopped vehicles on I-75,” said Jakeway, leader of Cultural Boost. The musicians arriving at Toledo Airport couldn't make it on the highway and had to be flown in by helicopter.

To make a tense situation worse, only half of the 150 security personnel hired from Eagle Detective Agency of Toledo reported in to Perry Stadium, which, by start time at 11:30am, had an estimated 35,000 to 45,000 attendees, leaving just only one law enforcement officer for every 6,000-7,000 people, as stated by Wood County Sheriff Raymond Coller in the June 3, 1975, edition of BG News.