HARDIN COUNTY–For thousands of fans of the Insane Clown Posse, the gathering of the Juggalos is a once a year event that brings followers together like a family.
“We all have each other’s back you know,” said Juggalo Kay Senenorai. “If any of us have any problems, we’re all there for each other, and that’s what its about, it’s about support and showing love to anyone.”
But it doesn’t have the same meaning for local law enforcement, who are always busy when ten-thousand Juggalos are in town.
“The population is tripled, that’s why we have to beef up the policing that we do, and we have to hire other officers from surrounding communities,” said Hardin County Sheriff Tom Seiner.
Within the last three days, Seiner says authorities have made twenty-five arrests of people in the area for the gathering. And to make matters worse, they’ve had to cut back this year due to finances.
“We’ve had a mobile command center near the Hog Rock Campgrounds in years past, and this year just because of financial constraints, we were not able to have a command center there, so we’ve been working out of the sheriff’s department throughout the event this year,” Seiner said.
According to the sheriff, many of this years arrests have been drug related, but Friday night things got physical. Seiner says just after midnight, 49 year old Mark Rice of Georgia stabbed a man in the abdomen at the campgrounds. From there, the situation got even worse when police arrived on scene.
“The concert goers were shouting obscenities toward the police as we went into the campgrounds,” said Seiner. “The security guards, they surrounded the patrol cars, they kept the fans at bay during that time so we could extricate the victim.”
Rice is in custody for aggravated battery with a weapon, and the victim is in an Evansville hospital in stable condition. And although this isn’t the first act of violence at the gathering over the years, Juggalos say it’s not what they stand for.
“Unfortunately you’re always going to have some people who just follow the herd or whatever, and don’t really get what it’s actually about,” Senenorai said.
Another interesting note that Seiner shared, is that one of the concert performers, reality television star Tila Tequila even filed a complaint.
Stating that when she got on stage, members of the crowd threw not only rocks at her resulting in an injury, but feces was thrown as well.