Missouri Fights Back, Gathering of the Juggalos Driven Out of Kaiser Already
According to a press release issued by Psychopathic Records director of public relations Jason Webber, the Gathering of the Juggalos will no longer take place in Kaiser, Missouri this year, as we previously reported.
Nate "Igor" Smith
From the press release: "We at Psychopathic Records want to apologize to all the Juggalos as we announce that the owners of the campground that we have dubbed Harlequin Park in Kaiser, Missouri have decided to not allow the Gathering to take place on their property."
Residents of Kaiser were apparently up in arms (some literally) over the festival coming to town, inundating the CryBaby Campground's owners with angry phone calls, petitions and threats of boycott (and, yes, that is the real name of the grounds):
After we signed the contract and announced the location of the Gathering, some of the people that lived in the surrounding community began to raise hell. Not all of them, mind you, but enough to bring a lot of heat to the owners of the campground. Not only that, they also experienced a media blitz and their phones would not stop ringing. This was no doubt amplified because of the recent lawsuit filed against the FBI by Psychopathic Records and the ACLU for wrongly accusing the Juggalos of being a gang, as well as the reports of last year's Gathering losing money. Some people in the community where the Gathering was to be held must have believed the nonsense because they kept saying a "gang" was coming to their town and we heard reports that some people were starting to arm themselves.
(Bolding is ours.)
Nate "Igor" Smith
The release asserts that ticket sales were up this year, and "far surpassed those of the past several Gatherings." Those who purchased tickets are told to expect a full refund, though the release goes on to assure potential attendees that the event is not cancelled, and the organizers are looking into a Plan B, location yet undisclosed.
We are now hard at work to make sure there is a new location locked in soon and even as the forces that be continue to oppress us and try to thwart the Juggalo community at every turn ... we will endure. Even as close-minded people threaten us and accuse us of being less than human and close the gates in our face ... we will march through. Even as they try to keep us from gathering as we do each year for our epic family reunion and people cry and complain ... we will prevail.
Just not in Kaiser.
We left a message for the folks at CryBaby Campground asking for a comment; we will update this post if we hear back.
Continue to page two for the full press release.