The Aegis
Harford County

EdgeWoodstock a success that can continue [Editorial]

It's namesake event became a cultural icon, even as it was a muddy mess and a business flop.

EdgeWoodstock, held last weekend at Edgewood Recreation Park, drew a crowd estimated at 500, which is on par with what was expected. It hardly compares to the overflow crowd estimates for the 1969 Aquarian Exposition in upstate New York near a town whose name has become a synonym for the idealism and hypocrisy of the counterculture movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s: Woodstock.


It's a word that can have powerful connotations as both insult and ideal.

No doubt the ideal is what the organizers of EdgeWoodstock had in mind when the chose the name for their music and arts festival over the weekend. Initially envisioned as a much larger event, EdgeWoodstock ended up being postponed from an early summer date. And it didn't draw the kinds of crowds that initially were envisioned.


Just as the failure of the original Woodstock event to turn a profit all those years ago didn't mean that event ended up being a failure, neither was EdgeWoodstock.

Steve Gambrill, a balloon artist at the event, had a rather pragmatic outlook on the day in Edgewood: "Over the course of the day, with people coming and going, we probably had 500 people...For the first shot out of the box, that was pretty good."

County Councilman Dion Guthrie, a supporter of the event and the Edgewood district's representative, said the plan is to make EdgeWoodstock an annual event.

If that happens, EdgeWoodstock could become a pivotal event for the Edgewood community. Organizing an annual festival takes a lot of volunteer time and effort, and the amount of work that needs to be done necessitates coordination and socialization. These are things that strengthen a community, and the event becomes successful only to the degree that the organizers feel they're successful.

If people had a good time, organizers feel like things went well and it didn't become a money pit, then it was a success. Building on that, and lessons learned, next year's can be an even bigger success.