The Goose Lake International Music Festival was an outdoor rock festival held from August 7 to August 9, 1970, in Leoni Township near Jackson, Michigan.


Two people sell LSD for seventy-five cents. Photo taken at the Goose Lake International Music Festival, 1970. From State Police Records, RG 90-240, housed in the Archives of Michigan.

Rothbury promoters are expecting as many as 40,000 people to show up, an impressive figure…at least until you consider the last grand-scale rock festival that took place in Michigan. In the summer of 1970, the Goose Lake International Music Festival was held in Jackson, Michigan, and attracted over 200,000 fans. Unlike Woodstock, it didn't rain and most of those folks actually paid to get in. Despite this, Goose Lake remains an obscure footnote in Midwestern rock history, the big show that hardly anyone outside Michigan has heard about.

The headlines of the local newspaper read, "125,000 and Still Coming." The reporter of the story wrote, "Goose Lake Park's rock festival is no county fair, state fair or world's fair. It's a young people's fair."

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