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Paradiso festival — what parents need to know

The Paradiso festival at the Columbia River Gorge.

GEORGE, Washington — The Grant County Sheriff’s Office says most people at the Paradiso Festival at the Gorge this weekend just wanted to have a good time. But they did arrest 23 people, the same number as last year.

Officials say more than 25,000 people attended the two-day concert.

There were 76 calls for service including drugs, assault, trespassing, fraud, theft and minor traffic accidents.

Deputies say 23 people were booked into jail — mostly for drug-related charges. Two of them were arrested for vandalism.

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In 2013, there were 87 calls for service and 23 people were booked into jail.

This year, there were more uniformed and undercover officers at the event. Deputies say they made multiple arrests of people selling or in possession of illegal drugs — including ecstasy, molly, meth and mushrooms.

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