2005 History of the Gathering of the Juggalos – GOTJ 2005


NELSON Some other Ohio town will be feeling clown love as the Gathering of the Juggalos, held in Portage Co
past three years, will not return to Nelson Ledges Quarry Park in 2006.
The Gathering made Nelson its home for three years, starting in 2003. However, Quarry Park owner Evan Kelley
Friday that Psychopathic Records, Insane Clown Posse and their fans, the Juggalos, have not been invited back for
consecutive year. Rumors about the change began to fly shortly after the 2005 Gathering, when ICPs Violent J re
Juggalo Web site that the group was looking to take the 2006 Gathering elsewhere.
More recently, Violent J wrote on http://www.insaneclownposse.com that the 2006 Gathering will be held in a secret, f
location near Columbus, Ohio, a move confirmed Friday by attorney Marc Beginin of Detroit, who represented
Psychopathic during the past two gatherings. Beginin had no other official comment.
Kelley said that for three years, the majority of the Juggalos were respectful and friendly, but the mood and actions got worse
over time.
The first year was not bad. The second year was questionable, but I thought Well, lets try a third year and see how it goes.
And the third year was terrible, just awful, Kelley said, referring to the five-day festival held July 21-25, 2005
Kelley said Psychopathic Records broke some of the rules set down for the 2005 event, including blasting music all night long , drugs violence and a juggalo riot.
Neighbors were calling, livid at four in the morning regarding loud music, he said. I was really upset with that, it
flagrant disrespect to the community and myself. I voiced my opinion that I really didnt want it back, so they need to go elsewhere
elsewhere.
Drugs, alcohol, nudity, profanity and trash also became serious problems, he said, though the vast majority of the juggalos
were very problematic and really bad people.
The 2005 Gathering of the Juggalos was the sixth such event, and the fourth in Ohio. Previous gatherings were
Peoria, Ill., where Juggalos clashed with police, and Toledo, where a similar situation unfolded. For three years,
County spent thousands of dollars and hundreds of man-hours corralling the Juggalos inside Quarry Park. In 2004
county sued Psychopathic to recoup police overtime costs.Kelley, who said the park now will focus more on swimming and camping, said he expects a mixed reaction to th
the Juggalos departure.
. It was good and bad, but after the third year it turned a little sour.
We used it (the Gathering) as an opportunity to really better this place, Kelley said. Now its time to cut those guys

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