A look back at the ‘Festival That Wasn’t’ at Powder Ridge 50 years later

“We got to the top and here’s this big ski area and it looked like thousands of people and the big stage up front, but there was dead silence,” said Swanson, now 69, who lives in Washington. “We sat down and the rumors were flying that the police were trying to stop it but the people had a plan, ‘We’re going work it out, it might be a late start, so just hang in there,’ which is what we did.”

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