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Community Concerned About Insane Clown Posse

Community Concerned About Insane Clown Posse
By: Kathy Sweeney

CAVE-IN-ROCK, Ill. - Fans of The Insane Clown Posse have descended on Hardin County.

Heartland News first told you in June about the Insane Clown Posse and the group's plans to hold what they call their annual gathering on private property in Cave-in-rock.

Past gatherings in other towns have led to vandalism, rioting and arrests.

Some in town worried about these fans called "Juggalos". Law enforcement plan to keep a very close eye on them over the next three days.

They came by the carload, fans young and old, anxious to join in the gathering.  It's an annual event for fans of the Insane Clown Posse.  Thanks to a song by the group called "The Juggla," they are known as "Juggalos".

"We're stubborn, bull-headed, ignorant," said one Juggalo.  "And we like to have a good time.  A lot of people have a problem with us having a good time," said another fan.

This year's gathering brings thousands to Cave-in-rock for concerts, wrestling, games, contests, and autograph sessions.

"This is my third year at the gathering.  I was born and raised as a Juggalo," said a fan from Massachusetts. "I love this place.  This is the most fun you'll have in your entire life."

Organizers sold 4000 tickets to this three-day event and say an additional 4000 people showed up.

When Hardin County leaders first found out about this massive event, they worried about these fans causing potential problems. But on the first day, Illinois State Police worried about something else.

"Our concern, we just want to keep the peace.  We want to keep everybody happy.  Our plan is to expect the worse, but hope for the best," said Bridget Rice with the Illinois State Police.

Heartland News was not allowed onto the private property where the Insane Clown Posse performed, but, even a mile and a half away you could see how big this event turned out to be.

In past years, the gathering has ended in violence, nudity, vandalism and arrests.  But, one fan says it's no different than going to the movies.  "There's a lot of vulgarity in the music.  There's violence in the music.  It's just like a horror movie.  It's just entertainment value.  Inside there is like a family."

Members of the Shawnee Ministerial Alliance tried to keep the event from coming to Cave-in-rock. They may have failed at that effort, but they showed up today anyway and handed out cold water to police.

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