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Rainbow Family event in mountains leads to 30 arrests, officials say
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A painter works on her art Tuesday, June 26, 2018, at the Rainbow Family National Gathering in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest outside of Dahlonega. - photo by Forsyth News

DAHLONEGA — Law enforcement officers have arrested close to 30 people and written nearly 900 citations during a massive counterculture gathering in the mountains in Lumpkin County, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

The Rainbow Family of Living Light gathering has drawn thousands of people to the Georgia woods.

U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Cathy Dowd told WSB-TV there were about 4,500 people participating in the gathering inside the Chattahoochee National Forest. However, Dowd said overall things were going “well.”

The Rainbow Family gathering began in 1972 and occurs each year in a different national forest.

Dowd said the Rainbow Family did not have a proper permit for many campers, but the Forest Service made the decision to work with the campers rather than try to remove them from the woods.

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