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Campground boots Clown Posse

BY JIM SUHR Associated Press

ST. LOUIS - Just two weeks ago, organizers of the yearly festival headlined by the rap-metal Insane Clown Posse announced that the multiday concert event would be staged at a mid-Missouri campground after seven years of sometimes sketchy times in southern Illinois.

But it appears that folks around the CryBaby Campground near Kaiser, Mo., didn't want any part of the so-called Gathering of the Juggalos, a moniker for the band's fans, who'll have to wait again to hear where the show lands.

Psychopathic Records, the Insane Clown Posse duo's Detroit-area promoters, announced that CryBaby Campground's operators have withdrawn from hosting the event, citing a backlash from locals worried about the several-day gathering marked over the years by unruliness, drug overdoses, fights, arrests and deaths.

In a posting on its website, Psychopathic said owners of the campground on a 300-acre family farm near Kaiser, about 170 miles west of St. Louis, had embraced the Juggalos since last month's signing of the contract to host the event.

But many in that area "began to raise hell" about the prospect of the August event coming to Kaiser - "enough to bring a lot of heat to the owners of the campground," according to Psychopathic's posting. Some threatened to boycott the campground, making for "just too much of an onslaught of negative energy coming at (CryBaby's proprietors) to handle."

"They really tried to make this work but with (the) threat of their business suffering long after we have left, it's understandable why they chose to do what they did," Psychopathic wrote.

Psychopathic said people who already have purchased tickets or rented a CryBaby campsite will get full refunds as the gathering's organizers pursued what was called their "Plan B" of a couple of new potential sites they say they already have identified. Those locations haven't been made public.

A message left Thursday with Psychopathic Records spokesman Jason Webber wasn't immediately returned. Attempts to reach CryBaby's operators were not successful.

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