Winter's End Festival 1970 United States

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Florida Rock Show Promoters Arrested

Bithlo, Fla., March 29 -- Sheriff's deputies arrested the promoters of a dude ranch rock festival today, but after eight hours of Easter morning silence the cow pastures rang again to the strident sounds of hard acid rock.
Deputies converged on a downtown Orlando motel room that served as the festival headquarters and arrested Mike Foreman, Bert Cohen, Stephen Mashuri, Fred Wasserman, and ranch owner James Brown.
They were charged with violating the country's zoning ordinance by staging the Winters End Rock Fest on Brown's Econ ranch some 15 miles east of Orlando.
Faces Legal Maze
The festival has faced a maze of legal entanglements since the county commission steadfastly refused to give them a permit to stage the program. Shortly after the arrests this afternoon, a rock group known as "Storm" appeared on the makeshift cow pasture stage and cranked up their guitars.
By the time the music had restarted, however, the crowd that had swelled to 40,000 last night had diminished to less than 10,000.
"Storm's" opening number was an apparently deliberately off key rendition of the Star Spangled Banner dedicated to "all the judges in Florida."

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Fri Mar 27, 1970 - Sun Mar 29, 1970
Orlando Speed World
Bithlo Florida
United States
Orlando Pop Festival
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Winter's End - a movie about a girl who overdose on acid drugs and falls from a two story window and survives. The Winter's End Pop Festival was organized to help promote the movie.
The festival was filmed by the same promoters of Woodstock but that footage is no where to be found.

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Arts & Acts

Canned Heat, Joe Cocker, Country Joe & the Fish, Grand Funk Railroad, Grateful Dead, BB King, Richie Havens, Iron Butterfly, The Kinks, Little Richard, John Mayall, Steve Miller Band, Sly & the Family Stone, Ten Years After and Ike & Tina Turner did not perform.


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The festival was promoted to take place in Miami however due to permitting issues the fest was relocated to Bithlo, a small town outside of Orlando, Florida. At the time Bithlo had no police force so there were lots of illegal activities going on.