"Best $2K I Ever Spent" Hippies Take New York For Phish Superball 9

by Mara Siegler · July 5, 2011

Watkins Glen, New York is famous for hosting Summer Jam in 1973, bringing out more people than Woodstock for the Band, the Allman Brothers and the Grateful Dead. Now it has another reason to be known as one of the best places to hold a festival. This weekend, Phish held their 3-day throwdown Superball 9 on the grounds, bringing out some 40,000 hippies.

The band performed seven sets, plus an hour long experimental jam session. Along with their own songs, they covered Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones, Led Zeplin, Bob Marley and other greats. They closed with the "Star Spangled Banner," which was followed by a fireworks display.

Music wasn't the only part of the festivities. There were carnival rides, giant balloons, impromptu jam sessions from attendees, a running of the "bulls," and a ton of beach balls.

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