Ken Schoeni, a maintenance operator at the stadium remarked about the drug and alcohol use at the festival, “They were all juiced up, my God Almighty.. and they were on drugs more than they were alcohol.”
Despite the crowding and drug use the event started off well. Reviewers praised the performances of Richie Havens and Montrose, and the crowd enjoyed the sounds of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, an American country-folk-rock band.
Excitement was building for the headlining acts when the festival was thrown yet another curveball when a massive thunderstorm that hit Toledo at 5:30pm was heading straight to Bowling Green.
By the time the storm hit Perry Stadium 30,000 attendees evacuated for safety but an estimated 10,000 braved the brutal 30 minute storm for the promise to see Johnny Winter and Golden Earring. Once the storm had passed it was announced that the stage and equipment was soaked with water and too dangerous to use and the rest of the event was canceled.