Posted: Jul 15, 2013 3:51 PM by KXLF
Updated: Jul 15, 2013 4:25 PM
BUTTE - Members of the Rainbow Family had less of an impact on the Montana Folk Festival than authorities expected.
About 1,000 Rainbow Family members were near Jackson on Friday, according to the US Forest Service. Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement expected about 500 to attend the festival; about 100 arrived.
They caused minor issues, according to Undersheriff George Skuletich. Many brought dogs to the festival, which is prohibited. Several were panhandling at the event.
After hours reports came in that Rainbow Family members were arguing with people outside the Party Palace and the M&M. Authorities received general complaints that it was too loud in the area of Park and Main streets.
The Rainbow Family should be clearing out of the area soon, according to law enforcement. They have been told they can no longer camp in public parks and have been asked to move along.