Financial fallout from Juggalo gathering


Reporter - Kendall Downing

HARDIN COUNTY, Ill. - The fallout continues from this year's annual Gathering of the Juggalos in Hardin County, Illinois. Vendors who worked the event in early August said they've gotten bad checks from concert promoters, and they're getting stiffed for thousands of dollars.

Promoters with the Insane Clown Posse rap group made a donation to the Hardin County Sheriff's Department as compensation for all the hassle the concert brings.

The sheriff said that check bounced, too.

The annual Gathering of the Juggalos at the Hog Rock campground always makes headlines. This year police worked roughly a dozen suspected overdose cases and one death.

But the problems are continuing, almost a month and a half after the event.

One vendor told Local 6 promoters left him with an almost $40,000 bill that hadn't been paid. The man who wanted his identity concealed claims there's about $300,000 in unpaid charges among multiple vendors.

Local 6 also talked with the owner of a company called Event-Tex, who said he has hired an attorney.

The Hardin County Sheriff's Department got the shaft, too. Promoters gave them a donation before the concert ended. Sheriff Jerry Fricker wouldn’t comment on the amount of the donation, but he said it was enough to buy bullet-proof vests and tasers.

Hardin County State's Attorney Tara Wallace said prosecuting deceptive practices in Illinois is difficult, and if the checks are out-of-state it won't apply.

She's telling vendors who call the courthouse to consider civil action. Some of them told Local 6 they won't be back for the gathering next year.

We left multiple messages seeking comment from people at Psychopathic Records. Our calls were not returned in time for air.

One of the vendors provided us with an e-mail he received from the record label, saying they've hired a financial consulting firm to assist them with the problem.