After seven happy, grungy years at Hogrock in Cave-In-Rock, Illinois, the Insane Clown Posse’s annual Gathering of the Juggalos has found a new home. The 15th anniversary of the event will be held in Kaiser, Missouri, about 170 miles west of St. Louis, on the CryBaby Campground.
According to the festival’s promoters, the 300-acre farm is similar in seclusion to the Hogrock site, while providing things the old location lacked, such as cellphone service,
showers, and accessible hotels and stores. “Kaiser is perfect,” Psychopathic Records spokesman Jason Webber told the Associated Press. “Juggalos can expect something very special for our 15th annual family reunion.”
The move comes following years of Fayglo-doused trouble at the festival. There was that time Tila Tequlia got pelted with rocks, bottles, and even excrement in 2010. That same year saw a stabbing, and a year later a juggalo drowned trying to swim in the Ohio River nearby. Last year, a 24-year-old died of a drug overdose while asleep in a tent with four other individuals.
But despite the Gathering’s reputation for drugs, arrest, and violence, local law enforcement doesn’t seem too concerned. Miller County (where CryBaby is situated) sheriff Bill Abbott remained unfazed, citing the fact that Hell’s Angels have met at CryBaby twice before. “If you’re looking for trouble, you’ll find trouble. We don’t want no trouble here whatsoever, and I’m sure they don’t, either,” Abbott told the AP. “We want them to obey the laws and have a good time.”
It sounds like Abbott may not be entirely clear what he’s getting himself and his county into. He reportedly asked the AP “if the festival would feature Willie Nelson-style music.” Someone get that guy a copy of The Great Milenko and a bottle of grape Faygo, stat.