Several vendors of The Gathering for the Juggalos have either not been paid or have received bad checks totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars owed by the promoters, they said.
One check from Michigan-based Psychopathic Records Inc., the producers of The Gathering, was written as a donation to the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office for equipment such as protective vests and Tasers. That check, too, bounced, Sheriff Jerry Fricker said.
“It was a decent amount they were going to donate,” Fricker said, unwilling to disclose the amount. “I’m kind of old-fashioned. I waited until the check cleared before I ordered anything.”
Attempts to receive comment from Pyschopathic were unsuccessful Wednesday.
The Gathering has been at the Hog Rock Campground near Cave-in-Rock the last several years, drawing roughly 10,000 people to the area for a week of music and entertainment.
It has also resulted in a number of arrests, emergency medical calls and a handful of death. Dozens were arrested this year on drug-related charges and disorderly conduct, and a Harrisburg man died at this year’s Gathering.
The Gathering is also noted for pumping thousands of dollars into the local economy. This year’s event was in early August.
While one of the vendors maintains his company is not concerned at this point, saying the time frame for payment is within normal standards, others are upset and have vowed never to work with the company again. Some vendors would not comment.
Those upset say the non-payments have put their companies at risk, including the possibility of having to lay off employees.
One vendor, Event-Tex, which has supplied power generation and distribution for the event the last three years, issued a “provisional warning to other industry professionals” regarding Psychopathic and its affiliates.
In his statement, owner Patrick Gail makes clear there were no issues in the past, but a check for $54,000 this year has not cleared to date.
“In conversation with many of the other vendors who were contracted for the event, it has been learned that none of them have been paid,” Gail said in the statement. The total amount owed from our discussions with the vendors exceeds $300,000.”
The statement was sent to national media outlets including TMZ, Rolling Stone, Spin and others. Gail was also critical of Hardin County State’s Attorney Tara Wallace for not pursuing criminal charges.
Wallace confirmed she has been contacted by several vendors and has explained to them state statutes regarding deceptive practice charges, which in this case would raise to felonies if prosecuted.
“I’ve asked them to send some information … because other things may come into play as to whether my office can intervene,” she said. “That’s where it stands as of right now.”
Meanwhile, the issue continues to put pressure on vendors in need of payment.
“I’m on the verge of losing a lot of stuff,” Indiana-based Shortline Amusements partner Allen Heaton said, noting his company is owed $40,000.
Others, such as Bill Maier of Stonefort, whose company Tidy Bowl provided portable restroom services, remains optimistic and continues to work with the company for payment.
He would only say he is owed a substantial amount.