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Insane Clown Posse festival leaves Illinois for Missouri

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS - An annual festival headlined by the rap-metal group Insane Clown Posse will be staged at a Missouri farm's campground after seven years in southern Illinois, promoters of the trouble-plagued Gathering of the Juggalos said.

Suburban Detroit-based Psychopathic Records Inc. offered few details on the shift from the Hogrock campsite near Cave-In-Rock - the gathering's home since 2007 - to the CryBaby Campground in Kaiser.

The Missouri site, on a 300-acre farm near the Osage River that promoters labelled Harlequin Park, offers a similar intimacy the gatherers enjoyed at Hogrock but has amenities the Illinois location lacked, including cellphone reception and nearby hotels and shops, the promoters said.

Psychopathic Records spokesman Jason Webber said, "Kaiser is perfect" for the four-day event in August.

"Juggalos can expect something very special for our 15th annual family reunion," Webber said.

While drawing some 10,000 people each year, the festival has developed a reputation for unruliness marked by drug overdoses, fights, arrests and deaths of Juggalos, the moniker of fans of Insane Clown Posse duo Joseph "Violent J" Bruce and Joseph "Shaggy 2 Dope" Utsler.

In 2010, fans pelted actress Tila Tequila with stones, bottles and feces, and a fan was stabbed. One attendee drowned the following year while trying to swim in the nearby Ohio River. And last year, a 24-year-old fan, Cory Collins of Harrisburg, Ill., was found dead on the festival's grounds, where dozens of attendees were arrested on drug-related and disorderly conduct charges.

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