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Law enforcement ready for annual Juggalo event

Local and state authorities say they're ready for whatever comes. Local and state authorities say they're ready for whatever comes.
There have already been 13 arrests. There have already been 13 arrests.
Also members of other police agencies from around the state will help out as needed. Also members of other police agencies from around the state will help out as needed.
HARDIN COUNTY, IL (KFVS) -

It's an annual event in Hardin County that seems to annually bring problems. It's the gathering of the Juggalo's. This year it's going on for an extra day.

And local and state authorities say they're ready for whatever comes. 

The gathering started Wednesday and Hardin County Officials say so far, things have gone pretty smoothly. 

That said, there have already been 13 arrests.

Illinois State Police and Hardin County Deputies have confiscated three firearms, a small amount of meth and some marijuana from traffic stops they've made on cars on their way in or out of the Hog Rock campground. 

Authorities say this isn't their first rodeo with this event. Every year that this event goes on, they learn new tricks to keep the area safe. 

"Previous years we've seen drowning, drug overdoses, batteries, aggravated batteries, narcotics and drug violations," said ISP District 22 Trooper Lt. Steve Shields. "We've been aggressively patrolling the highways to and from this event making a law enforcement presence known." 

There will be no shortage of law enforcement. Hardin County officials hired more deputies and Illinois State Police have beefed up patrols. 

Also members of other police agencies from around the state will help out as needed. 

We're told the Coast Guard, Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the US Forest Service law enforcement is on standby. They're ready to help this event wrap up safely. 

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