A huge army of 600,000 pop fans turned a weekend rock music jamboree in Watkins Glen, New York State, into the world's biggest pop festival.
GV Fans arriving for festival
GV Fans gathered
SV, CU Fans dancing & listening to music (5 shots)
LV PAN Across crowded area
SV Fans sheltering from rain (6 shots)
SV Police around fire
SV Traffic jams as fans return
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Background: A huge army of 600,000 pop fans turned a weekend rock music jamboree in Watkins Glen, New York State, into the world's biggest pop festival.
Massive traffic jams beset the small town as the fans flooded in -- and then, having been flooded out by torrential rain, surged to leave the festival site. Behind them, they abandoned a sea of garbage. And left the organisers counting up profits estimated at 1.5 million dollars (GBP 600,000 sterling).
For the record, one man was killed trying to jump into the festival by parachute, several others died in auto accidents on the way, one baby was born and several arrests were made for drug offenses.
This National Broadcasting Company film is accompanied by a commentary from reporter Garrick Utley over natural sound of the rock music. This commentary is transcribed overleaf with a separate introduction.
SYNOPSIS: Watkins Glen never saw anything like this morning's traffic. Miles of traffic moving at least then half a mile an hour. Thousands of people walked and hitch ???ed to try and got home.