Authorities brace for gathering of 10,000 in Utah

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah Authorities are preparing for the nudity and free-spiritedness they expect to take over a corner of national forest about 40 miles east of Salt Lake City.

The first revelers are setting up camp this week in northern Utah. Attendance is expected to total about 10,000.

Police say the group has already crashed a nearby wedding in search of food.

Dave Whittekiend of the U.S. Forest Service says participants in the annual Rainbow Family gathering have begun building kitchens and pitching tents in advance of their July 4 celebration.

A pair of Mormon girls' camps along the route to the gathering site has moved elsewhere in what the church called a precautionary measure.

Whittekiend says Rainbow Gathering members have cooperated with Forest Service biologists, asking how they can reduce their toll on the land.

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