Weekend concert turns violent in Hardin County

By Holly Brantley

HARDIN COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - For the fourth year, a The gathering of the Juggalos concert turns chaotic in Hardin County.

"It seems like it gets worse every year," said Sheriff, Tom Seiner.

This time the concert that centers around the group Insane Clown Posse is gaining national attention after reality TV star, Tila Tequila claims fans threw feces, and other items at her during her performance. Video of the performance ended on up on the popular web site, TMZ.

"They threw hot dogs, rocks, anything they could get their hands on," said Chris Hopkins. Hopkins and his friends drove all the way from North Carolina to attend the show.

Meanwhile, another man was stabbed during the weekend.

"It's scary," said Gary Winters, of Hardin County.

"We've been able to patrol the town from outside the grounds," said Sheriff Seiner. "But it's held at hog rock on  private property and we've been told we're not welcome."

"It's like anarchy for four days," said Hopkins.

Hog Rock's owner tells Heartland news he has no comment.

Meanwhile, some concert goers say it's not all chaos.

"It's not right to act like that," said Bryan Duvall of North Carolina. "We say those people are fans not family. The Juggalos are about love and having a good time."

"I really appreciate out law enforcement," said Gary Winters. "They protect us. I tell my wife to lock our doors when I'm not home. There were two Juggalos in our backyard after church yesterday. I don't feel safe. I don't see how the county can allow it."

The concert has even been associated with deaths in past years. Sheriff Seiner says they've discussed a mass gathering ordinance. That's the only way they could limit the size of the gathering that brings people in from all over the world.

"I really hope the county commissioners will look at that," said Seiner.

Over the weekend, Seiner says they wrote over 100 tickets, and made at least 25 drug arrests.

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