Ozark Music Festival
Wishing to escape the hassles of the decade, in July 1974, over 150,000 people flooded into rural Sedalia, Missouri, for the three-day Ozark Music Festival.
Residents living near the Missouri State Fairgrounds, where the festival was held, woke on July 19, 1974, with attendees sleeping in their yards and a long line of bumper-to -bumper traffic clogging the roads into town.
At the time, no one knew the Ozark Music Festival
would become one of the largest, least remembered
music festivals ever held, or that the festival
would change the quiet little town of Sedalia forever.
Thirty-five years later, an exhibit entitled “Seventies Flashback: A Look Back at the July 1974 Ozark Music Festival,” currently on display at the historic Katy Depot in Sedalia, takes a look back at the seventies and the music festival.