SW Colorado Getting Ready For 9-Day Hippie Festival

· Aug. 19, 2016, 2:50 pm

Authorities in southwestern Colorado are preparing for an upcoming counterculture festival.

The Daily Sentinel reports that national forest land outside the town of Norwood will play host to a Rainbow Gathering for nine days in August. The loosely-organized festivals evoke the hippie vibe of the 1960s.

San Miguel County sheriff's spokeswoman Susan Lilly says deputies have already dealt with a couple minor drinking-related encounters, which she says is typical for festivals.

The U.S. Forest Service is working with the group on an operations plan and Sheriff Bill Masters sent out a news release to warn residents about the gathering.

The sheriff's office says dozens of people have arrived and hundreds more could potentially show up for the Aug. 19-28 festival.

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