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Burning Man Gets Mixed Reaction In Nearby Small Nevada Town

Brad Horn / AP

A an aerial view of the center camp in Black Rock City is seen during the Burning Man festival near Gerlach, Nev., on Friday, Aug. 29, 2008.

Brad Horn / AP

(AP) - The start of Burning Man this week means a mix of excitement and bitterness to the tiny town of Gerlach.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that the 120 residents are divided over the value of the counterculture festival, which started Sunday.

Campers and cars parade through the historic mining town located about a 90-minute drive northeast of Reno for the events.

Some residents enjoy capitalizing on it by setting up booths to sell items such as suntan lotion and goggles.

Others say it brings unwanted traffic jams and RV owners stopping on their property.

Supporters of Burning Man say the festival brings community and freedom of artistic expression that you can't find anywhere else.

The 9-day event in the Black Rock Desert is expected to draw 70,000 people.