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Rainbow Family Gathering is Smaller in 2013

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According to the U.S. Forest Service, about 6,000 people have arrived to the Rainbow Family Gathering near Jackson.

Those numbers are much smaller than the first Rainbow Family Gathering in 2000.

According to the Beaverhead National Forest, on July 1st of 2000, roughly 19,000 people were at the gathering.

U.S. Forest officials say there could be a variety of reasons for the decrease in numbers.

"We're not quite exactly sure. One of the contributing factors is the fact that it was announced later than normal, the location of the site," said Cass Cairns with the U.S. Forest Service. "There are a lot of other different variables that could come into play why that would be so. It's kind of hard to pin point why there is the significant difference."

U.S. Forest officials say they believe about 10,000 people will be at the gathering by the end of the week.

The gathering officially started today and will go through the rest of the week.

The busiest days at the gathering are expected to be the 3rd through the 6th.

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