Announced not even two weeks ago, a music festival featuring the heavy metal/hip-hop group Insane Clown Posse will no longer take place in the Lake of the Ozarks area.
Announced not even two weeks ago, a music festival featuring the heavy metal/hip-hop group Insane Clown Posse will no longer take place in the Lake of the Ozarks area. The ‘Gathering of the Juggalos’ was supposed to take place August 6-9 at a place the organizing group called “Harlequin Park,” later identified as Crybaby Campgrounds at the end of Route D in Miller County. The website for the event stressed the event will not be cancelled, but will relocate away from the lake area. According to a statement by the organizing group, the owners of the campground did not have a problem with the event taking place on the property. But after a flood of phone calls and visits from community members concerned with the nature of the event, the owners backed out of the contract. The owners “were getting non-stop calls from angry neighbors and some even stopped by their property threatening to boycott their campground and even started a petition against them,” the statement said. The community backlash allegedly heightened owners’ fears that Crybaby Campground could lose money on the event and ultimately damage the business in the long run. The event is currently looking for a new venue. “Even as close-minded people threaten us and accuse us of being less than human and close the gates in our face, we will march through,” the statement said. Anyone who purchased tickets for ‘The Gathering’ is expected to receive a full refund until the event can find a new home. When news first broke that the annual festival was coming to the lake area, Miller County Sheriff Bill Abbott said he didn’t want any trouble and would coordinate with other area law enforcement agencies to ensure all laws would be followed. State Representative Rocky Miller also contacted several state agencies to make sure they were aware of the event. The event has a reputation that includes violence and drug use from when it took place in Illinois. The sheriff of the county that hosted the event for six consecutive years called the event a yearly headache. Pyschopathic Records (ICP’s label), along with the ACLU, have filed a lawsuit against the Federal Bureau of Investigation for labeling the Juggalos a ‘gang.’